'Black Widow' movie lands female director
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July 12, 2018
July 12, 2018 9:37 PM EDT
Director Cate Shortland attends the 'Berlin Syndrom' photo call during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 14, 2017 in Berlin. (Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
Scarlett Johansson will team up with writer/director Cate Shortland for her stand-alone Black Widow movie.
Talk of the project has been rumbling ever since the actress joined the Marvel Comics Universe in Iron Man 2 back in 2010 and now fans of the Avengers heroine are celebrating following the news of Lore director Shortland’s hiring.
Reports suggest Marvel bosses met with over 60 filmmakers over the past 18 months before agreeing to hand the job to Shortland earlier this week.
It’s a big risk for Marvel, as Australian Shortland only has nine director credits to her name – and only four are full-length features.
She also directed Berlin Syndrome and Somersault.
The filmmaker has won a string of awards Down Under, landing the 2013 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction for her acclaimed Nazi drama Lore. She also picked up Australian Film Critics Association Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay for the project.
Meanwhile, Somersault landed her Australian Film Institute honours for directing and screenplay.
The stand-alone Black Widow film will reportedly be set before the first Avengers movie, which hit cinemas in 2012.