Two big names may be joining Marvel’s stand-alone Black Widow film. In addition to Scarlett Johansson starring as the titular character (for a whopping $15 million) and Florence Pugh joining her in another key role, Variety is reporting that David K. Harbour and Rachel Weisz are in talks to star in Black Widow as well.
According to Variety, Weisz is still in the early stages of negotiations, but a source says that it looks as if she is definitely headed toward a deal with Marvel Studios. It would be an interesting step to take for the Oscar-nominated actress, whose performance in last year’s The Favourite won her wide critical acclaim. Since it’s still unclear whether Black Widow will serve as an origin story for Natasha Romanov or a continuation of the current Avengers storyline in the MCU, there are plenty of characters Weisz could embody.
Meanwhile, Hellboy himself, Harbour, is also slated to join the cast. Deadline reports that he is definitely making his way into the MCU, though no official deal has been reported as of yet. That said, he is listed on the movie’s IMDb page, along with Johansson and Pugh, but so is Weisz. Most likely, it’ll be some time before this cast is confirmed.
Black Widow has been in development for years at Marvel Studios, with fans pushing for the character to get her own solo film since she first appeared in Iron Man 2 in 2010. Jac Schaeffer was hired in 2018 to pen the script and Cate Shortland is signed on to direct, with Kevin Feige producing. TIME Magazine reports that the film is slated to debut in 2020.
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