Aussie director Cate Shortland tipped to helm Marvel's Black Widow film

Marvel ‘drawing up’ all-female shortlist of directors for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow

Marvel Studios ‘drawing up’ all-female shortlist of directors for Black Widow

2017's "Wonder Woman" was a wonderful movie, and its sequel looks just as promising so far. While details are now scarce, one person in the mix to direct the film is relatively unknown Australian director Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome, Lore, Somersault). Her most recent project is A United Kingdom, and she has two films in production, Where Hands Touch and The Billion Dollar Spy. Despite her lack of superpowers, she's stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Earth's mightiest heroes.

Jac Schaeffer (Olaf's Frozen Adventure, The Hustle) is now penning the script for the film. There were also reports that the studio was seeking a female director, and it will be interesting to see if there are other female director contenders who emerge. Black Widow, in the this summer's biggest blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War.

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"I think that there's room for a standalone movie", said Scarlet Johansson in 2015. There had been talk back in 2016 that a Black Widow movie would be part of Marvel Phase 4, which has yet to be confirmed, although it's definitely possible.

The favourites? Apparently, Shortland, Assante and Betts are heading towards the top of the list, with Kevin Feige considering his choices. She made her feature directorial debut in 2004 with Somersault, which featured rising stars such as Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington. Thankfully Marvel is catching up: "Captain Marvel" is coming out in early 2019, and the Black Widow movie is getting further into its development.

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