By Will Mavity
Scarlett Johansson may have been the subject of negative press in recent weeks due to her controversial statements regarding transgender representation on screen, but that hasn’t halted Marvel’s desire to get a “Black Widow” solo movie to move forward. Deadline reports that Cate Shortland (“Lore” & “Berlin Syndrome”) has officially signed on to direct Marvel’s “Black Widow.”
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Deadline previously reported that Kevin Feige had previously narrowed down potential directing candidates to Shortland, Amma Asante (“Belle”), Kimberly Pierce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and Maggie Betts (“Novitiate“).
Shortland’s most recent effort, “Berlin Syndrome” was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize – World Cinema – Dramatic at 2017’s Sundance film festival, as well as 8Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.
“Black Widow” will be Marvel’s second solo female superhero outing, following next year’s Brie Larson-led “Captain Marvel.” It will be the first without a male director involved, however, as “Captain Marvel” is being directed by both Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
Shortland is represented by Management 360.
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