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Black Widow: Cate Shortland lands director's job

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Lora Ball | 13 July, 2018, 19:15

Marvel Studios' Black Widow movie is one step closer to happening, as the film has now set a director.

Shortland's hiring caps off a long director search that reportedly included more than 70 possible candidates. Shortland has received critical praise for her film, Lore, which is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 94% rating. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will be directed by Cate Shortland, according to THR. Last month the director hunt narrowed with Amma Asante (Belle) and Maggie Betts (Novitiate) arising as the finalists alongside Shortland, while Inglourious Basterds breakout Melanie Laurent and Boys Don't Cry filmmaker Kimberly Pierce almost made the final cut. Although the studio initially meant to hire a female filmmaker, the Hollywood trade says the Disney-owned studio "stalled at one point and the studio looked at male directors".

Shortland first became known to Australian audiences in 2004 with her independent feature film Somersault, starring Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington.

Earlier this year, Marvel hired screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to write the script, which is reportedly set before the events of the first Avengers film.

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Scarlett Johansson is also producing the Black Widow movie, and she recently appeared in The Avengers: Infinity War.

Black Widow is a key member of the Avengers and her character is deserving of her own film.

The Russian spy-turned action hero gets her first standalone movie after supporting roles in a slew of superhero films including The Avengers and Captain America franchises.

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