‘Black Widow’ Standalone Film Lands Director Cate Shortland

Cate Shortland Will Direct the Black Widow Movie

Cate Shortland has been tapped to direct a standalone Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson, making Shortland the first solo woman to direct a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Black Widow screenplay will be written by Jac Schaeffer, who most recently authored the script for Nasty Women, the gender-swapped remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Marvel had no comment on the news.

Best known for her 2014 film Lore, the Australian-born director has also directed 2004's Somersalt and 2017's The Berlin Syndrome. Of course that's pretty much the Marvel way.

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THR goes on to say that Shortland beat out over 70 other candidates for the gig, including Amma Asante (Belle), Maggie Betts (Novitiate), Melanie Laurent (Galveston) and Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don't Cry).

However, THR noted the search for a preferably female director "stalled" at one point, which briefly resulted in the studio's considering male directors.

"Shortland, who hails from Australia and does not have agency representation, had a fan in Johansson, who pushed for the helmer". Not long ago, Shortland was rumored to be up for the position, but now it has been confirmed she will helm the Black Widow solo film. With the latest phase of Marvel films coming to a close, Marvel saw this as the best time to move forward with the project. Johansson reportedly sparked to how Shortland handled the female lead of Lore.

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