Marvel Studios' Black Widow movie is one step closer to happening, as the film has now set a director. Shortland was reportedly chosen out of a shortlist comprised of herself, Amma Asante, and Maggie Betts.
Reports suggest Marvel bosses met with over 60 filmmakers over the past 18 months before agreeing to hand the job to Shortland earlier this week. Her most recent film, 2017's thriller Berlin Syndrome, was an adaptation of the novel by Melanie Joosten. She is the second female director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's roster, following Captain Marvel co-director Anna Boden. Female director Cate Shortland has been signed on to direct the long-overdue film.
While she struggled after emerging as a filmmaker of great sensitivity and visual style with Somersault - later saying, "I just didn't want the attention" - Shortland has proven she is up for a challenge. Black Widow, in the this summer's biggest blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War.
Little is known about the plot of the Black Widow film, although industry rumour suggests it will explore events in a time period before the first Avengers movie.
The stand-alone Black Widow film will reportedly be set before the first Avengers movie, which hit cinemas in 2012.
The script was penned by Jac Schaeffer, writer of the upcoming women-centric reimagining of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels titled Nasty Women.
Scarlett first played the role in 2010's Iron Man 2, and she's confident that the character's "tortured past" would make for an entertaining standalone film.