We are one step closer to seeing Scarlett Johansson kicking ass in a movie while giving me the bare minimum of emotional output and dressed in a black leather bodysuit. But don’t worry, she won’t be playing an Asian person. Not this time, anyway.
Marvel Studios have been on a search for a director for the stand-alone Black Widow movie, and they have finally found their woman. The Hollywood Reporter says that Australian filmmaker, Cate Shortland has signed on to direct. The search for a director lasted over 6 months, with the studio really trying it’s hardest to find a woman. There was a point in the search when things stalled and they started looking at male directors, but eventually they setting on Cate. Thank god! I know there are so few women in this world that it’s hard to find one sometimes.
Over 70 directors were considered, narrowing down to a few finalists by June; Amma Asante (who directed Belle and A United Kingdom), Maggie Betts (director of Novitiate), Melanie Laurent (director of Galveston) and Kimberly Peirce (the Boys Don’t Cry director) were all considered before Shortland ultimately got the role. They passed up on the girl who did Boys Don’t Cry because ScarJo is already doing her transgender role, and they didn’t want to seem stale.
Cate Shortland is not represented by an agency, but Scarlett was a fan of her Nazi drama Lore, and pushed for her to direct. If only she’d push for an actual trans person to play a trans character.
According to THR Jac Schaeffer has written the “most recent draft for Black Widow.”
The events of the Black Widow movie will reportedly be set before the first Avengers movie. This will be Marvel’s second female-focused movie, with Captain Marvel opening in March 2019.
I really do hope this Black Widow movie is good because I love watching lady superheroes in hot outfits whoop some ass. And you know what, I actually think that Scarlett is a great fit for the role of Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff. A dead-inside Russian spy turned dead-inside superheroine? It’s the one role where her emotionless stares and monotone delivery actually make complete sense. It’s the role she was born to play!