Emma Watson Reportedly Being Eyed For Lead Role In Black Widow Movie

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Going by a recent Production Weekly listing, the long-awaited Black Widow solo movie is set begin filming in June, suggesting that Marvel Studios and director Cate Shortland still have a few more months to get a cast together. And according to a new report from That Hashtag Show, Emma Watson of Beauty and the Beast and Harry Potter fame is currently the frontrunner for one of the main roles.

Last year, THS reported that the script for Natasha Romanoff’s first standalone outing calls for a “kick ass female Bond,” and in a piece published earlier today, the site offered an update alleging that Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures), Dar Zuzovsky (Hostages) and Florence Pugh (Fighting With my Family) are all in the running for the part. Headlining the list, however, is reportedly Watson, whose name is said to be “prominent in discussions” between Shortland and producers Brad Winderbaum and Kevin Feige. The report also stresses that the above list does not represent everybody up for the part, though it’s believed that testing for this and other roles has been ongoing recently, and that Marvel is beginning to narrow down their search.

In short, before fans start welcoming Watson into the MCU, it would probably be best to wait and see how this develops. As it stands, Marvel Studios seems intent on keeping quiet about Black Widow at least until their 2019 slate is complete, but in the meantime, you can expect plenty more details to emerge as June looms closer.

Just a couple of days ago, for instance, THS reported that Marvel is looking for a Black British or African actor in the 30-45 age range to portray a “tough, dangerous and mysterious” villain. Granted, this and other casting details have yet to be officially confirmed, but with Black Widow expected to hit theaters in May of next year, Feige and his team can only sit on the details for so long.

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