Its official, the Black Widow movie is definitely happening as the movie gets a director.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Marvel Studios has tapped Cate Shortland to helm their upcoming Black Widow which will star Scarlett Johansson in the title role.
While plot details remain under wraps, THR essentially confirms that the story will indeed be set before the events of The Avengers and will tell the tale of how the former Russian spy became a full-fledged superheroine. The setting also makes us wonder whether we’ll finally see what happened in Budapest and/or if we’ll see how she first crossed paths with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).
Her selection comes after a lengthy global search that saw Marvel Studios meet with over 75 potential directors in order to ensure that they found their perfect candidate. Shortland ultimately beat out fellow finalists Amma Asante (Belle) and Maggie Betts (Novitiate) as well as second runner-ups Melanie Laurent (Galveston) and Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don’t Cry).
Cate Shortland is best known for her critically acclaimed 2012 drama Lore and most recently helmed the Teresa Palmer-led thriller Berlin Syndrome.
No official production date has been revealed although Jac Shaeffer recently completed the script.