Scarlett Johansson will team up with writer/director Cate Shortland for her stand-alone Black Widow movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shortland had been short-listed in July along with British director Amma Asante and Novitiate director Maggie Betts.
The Berlin Syndrome director's appointment comes after a six-month search that reportedly canvassed over 70 possible directors, with a preference for female filmmakers. Female director Cate Shortland has been signed on to direct the long-overdue film.
The outlet also notes that the Black Widow movie, much like the upcoming Captain Marvel film, will be a prequel and is set before the events of Marvel's The Avengers.More news: Common heart drug recalled due to contamination with possible carcinogen
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While she struggled after emerging as a filmmaker of great sensitivity and visual style with Somersault - later saying, "I just didn't want the attention" - Shortland has proven she is up for a challenge.
In 2017, Shortland directed the movie Berlin Syndrome, a thriller about a romance which turns sinister when a charismatic man suddenly decides to keep a woman he's met as a prisoner in his apartment.
The film has been in development for awhile, but picked up momentum in January when Jac Schaeffer was tapped to pen the script. Kevin Feige is producing the pic. Since then, she has appeared in The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).