Cate Shortland Signs On To Direct ‘Black Widow’

Marvel is moving ahead with its plans for a “Black Widow” solo movie with Scarlett Johansson reprising her role from the “Avengers” series.

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The studio has its hopes set on a female director to helm the project. Filmmaker Cate Shortland is currently the frontrunner, according to Deadline, while Amma Asante and Maggie Betts are also being considered.

The company’s decision follows Warner Bros. ultra-successful “Wonder Woman” movie starring Gal Gadot with Patty Jenkins in the director’s chair.

Johansson, 33, last starred as the character in 2017’s “Thor: Ragnorak” and 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War”. She will reprise the role in the untitled 2019 “Avengers” action flick.

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After meeting with over 70 potential directors, Marvel has nabbed Cate Shortland to helm the “Black Widow” standalone film.

In late June, the movie studio had narrowed down its list of filmmakers to a final three, between Shortland, Amma Asante (“Belle”, “A United Kingdom”) and Maggie Betts (“Novitiate”).

There is currently no release date for the “Black Widow” movie.

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