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Cate Shortland to direct Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ solo movie

13 July 2018

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Australian director Cate Shortland is to direct the Marvel blockbuster Black Widow.

According to THR, Marvel Studios met with over 70 potential directors before hiring Shortland.

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Johansson reportedly recommended the director because she liked Shortland's World War II drama Lore, (2012) about a teenage girl who leads her four siblings to safety after their parents' disappearance. Last month that search managed to narrow things down to a key group of frontrunners who included Shortland, Amma Asante (Belle), Maggie Betts (Novitiate), Melanie Laurent (Galveston), and Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don't Cry). The character has a tortured past, she's had to make a lot of hard decisions.

Shortland's appointment on Black Widow follows New Zealander Taika Waititi's move into the Hollywood mainstream.

Best known for her 2014 film Lore, the Australian-born director has also directed 2004's Somersalt and 2017's The Berlin Syndrome.

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Black Widow is a key member of the Avengers and her character is deserving of her own film.

The script was penned by Jac Schaeffer, writer of the upcoming women-centric reimagining of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels titled Nasty Women. Widow, along with all of the core Avengers (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and presumably Hawkeye) survived the events of that film and are all expected to be seen in next summer's still-untitled Avengers 4.

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Cate Shortland to direct Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ solo movie