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MOVIES: Black Widow - News Roundup *Updated 25th August 2019*

25th August 2019 - D23 Poster + Concept Art

20th July 2019 - Cast Confirmed; Logo Revealed; Release Date Revealed; Set After Civil War; Featuring Budapest Storyline

20th June 2019 - Ray Winstone Joins Cast

“The Departed” star Ray Winstone has joined Marvel’s “Black Widow” standalone movie, sources tell Variety.

Marvel had no comment on the casting. The film is currently in production in London.


10th April 2019 - O-T Fagbenle Joins Cast

EXCLUSIVE: O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale, Looking, BBC’s The Interceptor) has joined Marvel’s Black Widow in a leading role opposite Scarlett Johansson.


3rd April 2019 - David Harbour Joins Cast

Stranger Things star David Harbour is joining Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow, Marvel’s stand-alone feature on the Avengers spy turned superheroine.

3rd April 2019 - Rachel Weisz in Early Talks for Key Role

Fresh off her Oscar nomination for “The Favourite,” Rachel Weisz has set her sights on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as she is in early talks join Scarlett Johansson in Marvel’s “Black Widow” standalone movie.

Though a deal has not yet been completed, sources tell Variety that talks are headed in that direction, with strong interest from both sides of negotiations.


We also hear Rachel Weisz is a person of interest for a role in the film but currently there are no negotiations taking place as no official offer has been made.


18th March 2019 - Florence Pugh in Talks to Star

Rising actress Florence Pugh is in talks to star opposite Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow, Marvel’s standalone feature on the Avengers heroine. The feature is scheduled to shoot in London in June.

Pugh will play a spy on the same level as Romanova, likely her moral opposite.

12th July 2018 - Cate Shortland to Direct

Cate Shortland, the Australian director perhaps best known for the Nazi drama Lore, has signed on to direct Black Widow, Marvel’s action-adventure project that will star Scarlett Johansson.

The move caps off a search that lasted over half a year as Marvel met with over 70 or 75 directors in order to find its ideal candidate. A female filmmaker was the priority even as the search stalled at one point and the studio looked at male directors.

20th June 2018 - Cate Shortland on Shortlist to Direct

While they are looking at female filmmakers, Deadline hears keep an eye on Australian helmer Cate Shortland on the short list. Her recent credits include Lore and most recently Berlin Syndrome.


26th April 2018 - Female Directors Sought After

Marvel Studios has been looking for a director to break its glass ceiling with Black Widow and has been meeting with filmmakers such as Deniz Gamze Erguven (the Turkish movie Mustang), Chloe Zhao (The Rider) and Amma Asante (A United Kingdom), among several others. That search is still ongoing, according to sources.

10th January 2018 - Jac Schaeffer to Pen Script for Marvel Standalone; In Early Development

Marvel is finally pushing ahead with the highly anticipated “Black Widow” standalone movie starring Scarlett Johansson, with Jac Schaeffer penning the script.

Sources say this is still very early development, as the film has no greenlight, but naming a writer is the closest the studio has come to moving forward on a standalone pic. Marvel President Kevin Feige met with several candidates before tapping Schaeffer, and Marvel execs met with Johansson to discuss what they wanted from a “Black Widow” writer.

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