– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ever since Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow got an extra dose of character development in the still-excellent Captain America: The Winter Soldier, some fans have been itching for a spin-off film for her. For years, it seemed like we may not actually get the movie, but in recent months, there’s been some real momentum on the project, and now we’re heading into that next important step: finding a director.

According to a new report from Deadline, there are three directors who are the top contenders to take on this project. First up is Cate Shortland, an Australian filmmaker whose credits include Lore and Berlin Syndrome — and to be clear, not the Amazon series Lore, but a separate film called Lore. Also on the list is Amma Asante, who directed a movie called Belle, and finally, Maggie Betts, who directed the film Novitiate.

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None of these are directors I’ve heard of in the past, so I can’t really vouch for their quality, but these are the top three who recently met with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and star Scarlett Johansson.

If nothing else, this shows just how seriously they’re taking this project, and I personally can’t wait to catch a first look at what they put together. Have you seen any of the movies the talent has produced? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.