After over half a year of searching, the upcoming Black Widow movie finally has a director. Australian filmmaker, Cate Shortland is the final choice for the upcoming super-spy-action-adventure movie. Shortland had the favor of the Scarlett Johansson, the movies lead, for her work with the female protagonist in the Nazi drama Lore.
Marvel Studios’ met with over 70 directors in its search for a good fit for the upcoming solo project. It was a long search, stalling mid-process and while a female director was a priority, they did end up meeting with male directors during the search.
In June, the list of possible directors was down to five people including Shortland. Amma Asante (Belle, A United Kingdom) and Maggie Betts (Novitiate) were the final two to be considered with Shortland. Johansson was a fan of Shortland, and pushed for her, because of the movie Lore. The movie follows a teenage girl guiding her siblings through Germany at the end of WWII and deals with the difficulty of finding out everything you’ve been taught was wrong. Given the nature of Natasha Romanov/Black Widow as a one time Russian assassin who now works for a super secret American government agency, a very similar conflict is likely to come into play in the upcoming movie.
While the movie isn’t going to come out until well after Captain Marvel, it is set before the original Avengers movie and the second female focused movie of the MCU. Jac Schaeffer, the writer of the upcoming Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels remake, has written the most recent draft of the up coming Black Widow movie. With the movie being set before the Avengers, it is likely that we are going to see a time when Natasha was still a Russian spy.
I do hope that it answers one question though. What the heck happened in Budapest? Seriously! It’s been bugging me since the original Avengers movie. Let us know in the comments what you are curious about.