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‘Black Widow’ Movie Finally in the Works, Aussie Cate Shortland to Direct!


It’s a great day for Aussie talent today as Cate Shortland has officially signed on to direct the long-awaited Black Widow movie, starring Scarlett Johansson.

Collider reports that Shortland, the director of the films Somersault (2004), Lore (2012) and Berlin Syndrome (2017) has signed on to direct the Black Widow solo film.

For those that have been hiding under a rock the last 10 years, Black Widow is the character played by Scarlett Johansson in the Avengers movies and the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe.

A potential standalone film has been talked about for quite some time now, and it appears that the wheels have finally been set in motion.

As per the new report, it was one of Marvel’s top priorities to find a female director for the film.

After an arduous search, having met with over 70 potential filmmakers, it appears Marvel has decided to go with the mostly unknown News South Wales-born Aussie.

Stepping into the MCU is a big step for an established director, let alone someone as green as Shortland, however, knowing Marvel’s development team, they’ll be there to support her 100% of the way.

Shortland’s latest film, Berlin Syndrome, was a great little thriller, though I can’t imagine that’s the film that sealed her the deal.

Rather, her vision for the film must have impressed the Marvel execs in a particular way, especially considering how big the talent pool was.

Either way, it’s great news for Aussie filmmakers locally and abroad.

Hopefully, the production will come down under for filming and provide jobs to workers in the local industry.

No plot details or other casting additions have been revealed at this stage, however, we’ll have the news here as we know it.

Johansson was last seen in the grandest Marvel film yet, this year’s Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

Infinity War is due for release on Blu-Ray on 15 August 2018, after a successful box office run that saw it rake in over $2 billion US dollars worldwide.

Check out the trailer for the Blu-Ray release below!

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Cate Shortland on the set of Berlin Syndrome (2017)

Nick Janks

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