Three female directors are on the shortlist to take the helm of the long-awaited Black Widow movie.
It’s been a longtime coming, but Marvel is finally giving Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff her own movie. News broke in January 2018 that Jac Schaeffer (TiMER) had been hired to write the screenplay, and directors are now being named.
According to Deadline, the shortlist of potential helmers that have met with Kevin Feige and Johansson includes Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland, whose credits include Somersault, Lore and Berlin Syndrome; Amma Asante, known for Belle and A United Kingdom; and Maggie Betts, director of 2017 drama Novitiate. Apparently Shortland may be in the lead.
Fingers crossed Marvel gets this one moving as soon as possible. Johansson entered the MCU in 2010’s Iron Man 2 and has gathered herself and the character a strong following with her portrayal over the years. She’ll be reprising the role in the still-untitled fourth Avengers film, which will arrive in cinemas in 2019.
Stay tuned for who is chosen to direct.