Johansson is poised to reprise the role of the marvel's black widow for the much-anticipated standalone movie, and the 33-year-old has previously spoken enthusiastically about the prospect of Black Widow being handed her own film. Her most recent film, 2017's thriller Berlin Syndrome, was an adaptation of the novel by Melanie Joosten. Instead, it seems like it will more likely delve into the traumas of Natasha's past, and the dark deeds that preceded her turn in the hero's spotlight.
The character is also expected to appear in the as-yet-untitled fourth Avengers movie.More news: U.S. professor of biology believes hunted whale to be a blue whale
The film is one of several female-centric Marvel properties is either developing or in production on now, including "Captain Marvel" starring Brie Larson.
It's reported Marvel searched for six months and went through 70 potential directors before finding the Australian-born Cate Shortland who is known for the Nazi drama movie, Lore. Moviegoers will have a chance to see Black Widow work as a Russian spy before becoming part of the Avengers.More news: Barcelona complete €36m Lenglet capture from Sevilla
It's a big risk for Marvel, as Australian Shortland only has nine director credits to her name - and only four are full-length features.
The screenplay is being written by Jac Schaeffer, who wrote The Hustle, a remake of the 198os comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which stars Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson and Tim Blake Nelson and will be released by MGM next year. The next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel, will be out in theaters on March 9.More news: Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast