Florence Pugh Joins Up with Scarlett Johansson for ‘Black Widow’

Two weeks ago saw “Captain Marvel” released into theaters, marking the first time that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a solo female-led film debut. The company is currently gearing up to add a solo “Black Widow” project, which is in development. Scarlett Johansson will star, obviously, but we now know who one of her main co-stars will be.

According to Variety, Florence Pugh is in talks to star opposite Johansson. Pugh is coming off of a star-making performance last month in “Fighting with My Family,” showcasing her ability to both act and fight. She’d make a worthy adversary or partner for Johansson’s Black Widow/Natalia Romanoff, depending on where the story goes.

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Sources tell Variety that Florence Pugh is in talks to join Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero film.

Pugh has been on the hot list for this second lead role since last fall, but Marvel wanted to open up the field to other actresses at the beginning of the year. After meeting with several candidates, the studio zeroed back in on Pugh after she drew strong reviews for the MGM comedy-drama “Fighting With My Family.”

Cate Shortland is on board to direct, with Jac Schaeffer penning the script. The film has been in development for a while, but picked up momentum last year after Schaeffer’s hire. Kevin Feige is producing the pic.

The solo “Black Widow” film is highly anticipated, as fans have demanded it since her character was first introduced in “Iron Man 2.”

Pugh is considered a future star in Hollywood, so this could be a real coup for the MCU. As they finally put forward movies featuring diversity and representation, it may be a whole new world for superhero epics.

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