After a six-month search, Marvel Studio’s Black Widow finally has a director. Right on the heels of the success of Ant Man and The Wasp, Marvel has more good news. After meeting with over seventy prospects, Marvel has chosen Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland, director of Lore and Berlin Syndrome.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, finding a female director to head the project was a key focus. Among the final choices for the spot were Amma Asante (Belle, A United Kingdom) and Maggie Betts (Novitiate). Scarlett Johansson will be keeping her role as the titular Black Widow in the film. The actress is also a fan of Shortland’s work, and pushed for her to be chosen for the role.
Shortland signing on for the project is only the start. There are also other aspects where women will be playing a key role in the coming together of this film. Jac Shaeffer (TiMER) was hired to write the script for the film in January of this year. The hiring for both roles moves the standalone Black Widow film from a mere idea, to an exciting reality.
Black Widow will be the second female-led film to be done by Marvel. Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larsen, will be out next year. There is currently no release date or timeline for Black Widow, however, it is expected that it will be part of Marvel’s Phase 4 films, which will begin releasing in 2019.