As production prepares to ramp up in the coming months, Marvel Studios' Black Widow could be adding adding to its cast with Fighting With my Family star Florence Pugh.
According to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, Pugh is reportedly in talks for a role as an unidentified spy. It's worth noting that a previous report, which noted Emma Watson was the studio's frontrunner, had Pugh in the running for a part along with Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) and Dar Zuzovsky (Hostages). Pugh's spy role is said to be "on the same level as Romanoff," and will likely serve as her moral opposite.
This could mark the first casting for the film, which recently saw the studio bring on Ned Benson for a rewrite. However, it was recently rumored that filmmakers had auditioned Moonlight star André Holland, who may still be in contention for the role of the film's mysterious villain. As casting looks to be finally coming together, it's possible that we won't have to wait too much longer to get a better idea of what to expect in the forthcoming film.
Pugh, of course, is coming off of her turn as the wrestler Paige in the critically-acclaimed Fighting with My Family, and she's next set to join Emma Watson in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. The actress also recently wrapped production on the AMC’s mini-series The Little Drummer Girl. Should the talks take, this would easily serve as the actress' biggest role to date.
Directed by Cate Shortland with a script by Ned Benson, Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson, and is rumored to be released on May 1, 2020. The film is expected to be a prequel like Captain Marvel and may explore the character's background before she joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers. Filming is expected to kickoff this summer in the UK.