The ‘Black Widow’ Standalone Movie Has Reportedly Found Its Director

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Australian director Cate Shortland has been tapped to direct the upcoming Marvel Studios solo film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio met with more than 70 filmmakers for the job before landing on Shortland, who sources say was an early favourite after a promising meeting with Johansson.

Not much is known about the plot of Black Widow, but it will reportedly explore the life of the former Russian spy prior to the events of the first Avengers movie.

"Some of the names considered to helm "Black Widow" were Amma Asante ("Belle, A United Kingdom"), Maggie Betts (Novitiate"), Melanie Laurent ("Galveston") and Kimberly Pierce ("Boys Don't Cry").

The actress admired Shortland's handling of the female lead in Lore, a critically acclaimed 2012 drama that tells of a young woman who leads her siblings through Germany as the Allied army rolls in. Although the studio initially meant to hire a female filmmaker, the Hollywood trade says the Disney-owned studio "stalled at one point and the studio looked at male directors".

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Scarlett Johansson is also set to return in her titular role as Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel blockbuster.

The Black Widow was first introduced to the MCU in 2010's Iron Man 2 and has since then appeared inThe Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War.

Shortland first became known to Australian audiences in 2004 with her independent feature film Somersault, starring Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington.

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