As Captain Marvel soars into theaters worldwide, Marvel Studios is looking to give another popular female superhero her own film. Marvel Studios is in the early stages of development on Black Widow, which will feature Scarlett Johansson as the spy turned Avenger Natasha Romanoff. Johansson has been playing Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2010’s Iron Man 2. A new report originating from That Hashtag Show sheds light on new casting details for the mysterious film. The website claims that producers are looking to cast Riverdale star Camila Mendes in an undisclosed supporting role. Other actresses up for the part include Hannah Quinlivan, Storm Reid, and Isabela Moner.
The scoop is just one of the many casting reports that That Hashtag Show has made on the development of Black Widow. The website also claims that Harry Potter and Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson is the frontrunner for an undisclosed role that will be the second female lead to Johansson. The site also revealed details on the film’s villain. The website reports that the villain will be a dangerous man of Black British or African descent. Actor Andre Holland, best known for his role in Moonlight, is among those most favored for the role by Marvel.
While not much information is currently known about Black Widow, Marvel Studios is allegedly planning on releasing the film in 2020. A leaked synopsis given by Production Weekly also sheds light on the film’s plot. According to the publication, Black Widow will take place in 2006 and will mostly be set in New York City. The film will see a 22-year-old Romanoff working in New York as a free agent. Following the fall of the Soviet Union, former KGB officials have been trying to kill the young spy after training her from birth to be the world’s deadliest assassin. Interestingly, the 2006 setting will place Black Widow well before events of most major Marvel movies, including Iron Man, which takes place in 2008, and The Avengers, which took place in 2012.
Johansson will next appear as Black Widow in Avengers: Endgame, which is set to premiere on April 26.