Lore director Cate Shortland to take charge of Marvel's Black Widow spin-off
Cate Shortland has won the race to direct a stand-alone movie for Black Widow.
There have been discussions for a number of years about the possibility of the origins of Natasha Romanoff, who has been a key feature of the Avengers and a number of stand-alone movies, getting her own outing and work finally got underway on a script earlier this year.
Last month it was confirmed that four directors were on the shortlist, Belle's Amma Asante, Boys Don’t Cry/Stoploss director Kimberly Peirce and Novitiate's Maggie Betts as well as Shortland, best known for her drama Berlin Syndrome and World War II tearjerker Lore.
Shortland won the race, according to the Hollywood Reporter, after star Scarlett Johansson pushed for her to get the position.
Romanoff has been played by Scarlett Johansson over six movies, dating all the way back to Iron Man 2. The character's origins are as a Russian spy, an antagonist of the superhero Iron Man, but she later defected to the United States, becoming an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. The movie looks set to be an origin story and will be set before the first Avengers movie.
Jac Schaeffer, who has most recently re-written musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as a female-centric comedy named The Hustle, with Anne Hathaway attached to start, has provided the script for the movie.
Black Widow was last seen in Avengers: Infinity War.