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Aussie Cate Shortland to helm ‘Black Widow’

16 Jul 2018 | BY Shelley Lee - @ShelleyLee_

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff Photo by: Jay Maidment, Marvel Studios

(Source: Jay Maidment, Marvel Studios)

Australian Cate Shortland is set to make her Hollywood directorial debut in blockbuster style, at the helm of upcoming Marvel movie Black Widow.

Scarlett Johansson will reprise the role of the Russian Spy-turned Avengers action hero, and it understood to have campaigned for Canberran Shortland to come on board for the stand-alone offering after seeing her work in Lore.

Shortland is also known for her directing  in Somersault, and 2017’s Berlin Syndrome, starring Teresa Palmer.

The prolonged hunt for a director for saw Marvel investigate a reported 70 potential options, with a preferences towards female filmmakers. The shortlist understood to have included Amma Asante (Belle), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) and Maggie Betts (Novitiate), according to Deadline.

The Stan Lee-created Black Widow character has long been overlooked for a solo flick. While her male Avengers counterparts including Thor, Iron Man and Captain America boast an average of three films devoted solely to them, before now she’s only been featured as part of the Avengers pack.


Black Widow will be the second stand-alone movie for a female character in the Marvel superhero space, with Captain Marvel currently in post-production. Captain Marvel stars Academy Award winner Brie Larson (Room) as the titular character,also featuring Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Age of Ultron , Pulp Fiction), Australian  Ben Mendelsohn ( Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Animal Kingdom) and Game of Thrones’ Chuku Modu.

Co-directed by Anna Boden who is also a contributing writer on the film Captain Marvel has assembled a crew showcasing women in key creative roles including editing, costume design, and art direction, something it is anticipated Shortland will also strive for with Black Widow.