Cate Shortland is the perfect director for Black Widow, says Scarlett Johansson

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 July 2021
Cate Shortland

Cate Shortland

Scarlett Johansson has heaped praise on her 'Black Widow' director Cate Shortland

Scarlett Johansson thinks Cate Shortland is the perfect director for 'Black Widow'.

The 36-year-old actress is thrilled that Cate, 52, agreed to helm the new Marvel film, suggesting that she's ideally suited to making the most of the titular character.

Scarlett – who plays Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff – told Variety: "She was interested in the parts of Natasha that I was interested in.

"She would probably say something like, ‘All her messy bits!’ or something like that. She loves to examine all the flaws of a character, or the perceived flaws of a character – their insecurities. And she was so interested to pull apart this woman, you know?"

Scarlett thinks Black Widow is portrayed in a distinctly different way in the standalone movie compared to the earlier Marvel films.

And the Hollywood star credits Cate for the shift.

She said: "It couldn’t have been done with anybody else."

Earlier this month, Scarlett also heaped praise on her 'Black Widow' co-star Florence Pugh.

The actress admitted she "would love" to be more like Florence in some ways.

Discussing how their working relationship has changed them personally, Scarlett shared: "Florence is so self-possessed. I was not that self-possessed.

"I actually realised, ‘wow, I have a lot of work to do on myself,’ when I worked with Florence. She's got such a healthy ego and is in her skin. It was like, ‘this is another way to be. I've got to therapise more!’

"She really stands in her own shoes and is grounded, it was so impressive. She's not judging herself. I love that about her and I would love to be more like that."

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Black Widow

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h 13min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Cate Shortland
  • Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, Rachel Weisz
  • UK release: 7 July 2021

Scarlett Johansson's Marvel character gets her first solo movie.