After meeting with over 70 directors, Marvel has chosen who it is that will be directing the long-awaited Black Widow movie.
Marvel Studios has selected Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland, whose credits include Somersault, Lore, and Berlin Syndrome.
THR broke the news, reporting that getting a female director was a priority for the studio, even during a period when the search stalled and male directors were being considered. Word is that actress Scarlett Johansson is a big fan of Shortland’s work – particularly 2012 WWII drama Lore – and pushed for the filmmaker to take the helm.
It’s great news for Shortland, who also directed a number of episodes of successful Aussie drama series The Secret Life of Us in the early 2000s. Shortland ended up being in the shortlist of directors circling Black Widow, as reported in June; the list included Amma Asante, known for Belle and A United Kingdom, and Maggie Betts, director of 2017 drama Novitiate.
Johansson will be reprising her role as former Russian spy Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, a role she has taken on in six MCU movies. Johansson’s Black Widow will return in the still-untitled fourth Avengers movie set for release in 2019.