BLACK WIDOW Director Hired (with SCARLETT JOHANSSON's Endorsement)

Black Widow
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Cate Shortland has been hired to direct Marvel Studios' Black Widow film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Scarlett Johansson is scheduled to reprise her role as the star of the film, and reportedly championed Shortland's work to Marvel.

Based on a script by Jac Schaeffer, Black Widow will be set prior to the events of 2012's The Avengers.

Best known for her 2014 film Lore, the Australian-born director has also directed 2004's Somersalt and 2017's The Berlin Syndrome. Shortland was reportedly chosen out of a shortlist comprised of herself, Amma Asante, and Maggie Betts.

According to THR, Marvel Studios met with over 70 potential directors before hiring Shortland. Although the studio initially intended to hire a female filmmaker, the Hollywood trade says the Disney-owned studio "stalled at one point and the studio looked at male directors."

No release date has been set for Black Widow.

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