Black Widow release postponed amid coronavirus pandemic

Marvel bosses have indefinitely postponed the release of Black Widow due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.The hotly-anticipated standalone superhero movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and David Harbour, was due to be r…

Marvel bosses have indefinitely postponed the release of Black Widow due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

The hotly-anticipated standalone superhero movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and David Harbour, was due to be released on 1 May, but now has been pulled from the upcoming calendar by executives at Marvel Studios and Disney.

Many movie multiplexes across the U.S. have closed since the outbreak hit the country, with thousands of residents in cities including New York and Los Angeles going into self-isolation to avoid spreading the virus.

The events of Black Widow take place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, and follow Johansson’s character Natasha Romanoff, a highly trained former-KGB assassin, who must confront the demons of her past to take down an evil new villain, the Taskmaster.

Dev Patel’s The Personal History of David Copperfield has also been pulled from schedules, along with The Woman in the Window, starring Amy Adams.

Producers at Disney have already been forced to delay the release of Niki Caro’s live-action Mulan, as well as The New Mutants and Antlers.

It’s not yet known how delaying Black Widow will affect the release of other Marvel movies, with The Eternals set to hit cinemas in November.

Multiple studios have pulled movies in wake of the coronavirus crisis, including Fast & Furious 9, No Time to Die, and A Quiet Place II.

More than 199,000 people have been infected with Covid-19, with almost 8,000 deaths, since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December.

Italy, Spain, Iran, and the U.S. are some of the worst affected countries outside of China.

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Ever Anderson to play Wendy in live-action Peter Pan

Ever Anderson is to play Wendy in Disney’s upcoming live-action Peter Pan movie.Editors at Variety reported on Tuesday that Ever, the 12-year-old daughter of Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich and her filmmaker husband Paul W. S. Anderson, had been c…

Ever Anderson is to play Wendy in Disney’s upcoming live-action Peter Pan movie.

Editors at Variety reported on Tuesday that Ever, the 12-year-old daughter of Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich and her filmmaker husband Paul W. S. Anderson, had been cast in one of the lead roles in the project, titled Peter Pan & Wendy.

According to the publication, the new adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic novel, which tells the story of a mischievous young boy who can fly and never grows up, will be directed by Pete’s Dragon helmer David Lowery, who co-wrote the script alongside Toby Halbrooks. Fellow newcomer Alexander Molony has been attached to portray Peter Pan.

In addition, it was reported that Ever will also play the younger version of Scarlett Johansson’s character Natasha Romanoff in the new Marvel movie, Black Widow.

In light of the news, Milla took to Instagram on Wednesday morning to confirm her eldest child’s casting in both roles.

“Everyone, get ready to meet young Black Widow. So We can finally talk about @evergaboanderson’s secret projects. It was just announced in @variety that Ever plays the young Natasha Romanoff in Marvel’s @black.widow movie in theaters this May 1st and also, after a worldwide search, she’s been cast as Wendy in @disney’s new live-action Peter and Wendy movie!! We’re so proud of our baby!” the 44-year-old wrote in the caption. “Ever has been wanting to act since she was five and she’s put the time, focus and energy into making her dream come true! Congratulations Ever!!”

Previously, Ever played a younger version of her mum in 2016 sci-fi thriller Resident Evil: Final Chapter.

Black Widow is set to hit cinemas around the world from 29 April. A potential release date for Peter Pan & Wendy has not yet been announced.

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Florence Pugh did most of her own stunts on Black Widow

Florence Pugh did most of her own stunts while filming Black Widow.The Little Women actress got her first taste for stunt work while filming the 2019 wrestling drama Fighting with my Family, but had to take her skills to a whole new level to play a sup…

Florence Pugh did most of her own stunts while filming Black Widow.

The Little Women actress got her first taste for stunt work while filming the 2019 wrestling drama Fighting with my Family, but had to take her skills to a whole new level to play a superhero alongside Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow’s first solo movie.

And according to director Cate Shortland, Pugh did most of the stunts herself, even though she had a stunt double.

“She is b**ody scary. Steely. Absolutely will not back down. She has a healthy amount of anger in her as a person, at the injustices she sees around her,” she told Vogue magazine.

As soon as she got to the set, the 24-year-old approached the stunt department to do further training for the role, with her adding, “Learning from them was my favourite part.”

“I didn’t quite know what it was to be involved in one of these films,” Pugh explained. “Obviously you have to be physically able because the whole point is that you’re a superhero.”

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Pugh shared that it “deals with some really hard things”.

“It’s rough and painful and emotional and funny, and not in any way. . . girly. It’s about broken women picking up the pieces,” she described, while Shortland added that Pugh, Johansson, and their co-star Rachel Weisz “wanted to make something intimate within the massive Marvel universe. We created female relationships with flesh and blood. They didn’t have to play nice.”

Black Widow, the second Marvel film to have a female lead, hits cinemas in May.

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Florence Pugh loved working with ‘magical’ Scarlett Johansson on Black Widow

Florence Pugh loved every second of working with “magical” Scarlett Johansson on the Black Widow spin-off movie.The 23-year-old British actress plays spy Yelena Belova in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, which also stars David Harbour and Rachel Weisz….

Florence Pugh loved every second of working with “magical” Scarlett Johansson on the Black Widow spin-off movie.

The 23-year-old British actress plays spy Yelena Belova in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, which also stars David Harbour and Rachel Weisz.

She opened up about the role in a Variety’s Actors on Actors chat with fellow actress, Beanie Feldstein.

“It was the most bizarre, nuts, extravaganza experience,” Florence shared. “I mean, the fact that I got to do a film with Scarlett was really magical. And the most beautiful and warm director, Cate Shortland, made it a unique and special experience.”

Marvel fans will have already seen Natasha Romanoff and her alter-ego Black Widow come to an untimely demise in Avengers: Endgame, which sees her sacrifice herself in an effort to save the world.

Florence is excited to see the reaction the spin-off movie receives when it’s released next year, and she told Beanie that the film will surprise audiences.

“I think we’ve made something very raw and very painful and very beautiful. I think people are going to be really surprised by the outcome of a big action film and it having that much heart,” she gushed. “It was special learning from Scarlett. And I know lots of people will obviously be emotional about her, because her character had such a horrid ending.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Florence sweetly revealed that she and her Little Women co-stars Saoirse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen would have sleepovers with Emma Watson while filming the period drama.

“I got to be best friends with the coolest girls,” she said. “Saoirse, Eliza and I were all living in a mews, and Emma was just down the road, and we’d do dinners and sleepovers and all that.”

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Scarlett Johansson blindsided by Black Widow trailer release

Scarlett Johansson had no idea Marvel executives were going to release the trailer for her Black Widow movie this week.The actress, who starred as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the Avengers films and now fronts her own standalone movie, was left blin…

Scarlett Johansson had no idea Marvel executives were going to release the trailer for her Black Widow movie this week.

The actress, who starred as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the Avengers films and now fronts her own standalone movie, was left blindsided when studio bosses dropped the first trailer on Monday without telling her first, and she only found out from Captain America star Chris Evans.

“Nobody told me it was coming out,” Scarlett said during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night. “I actually woke up and I got a text from Chris Evans and he was like, ‘The trailer looks great.’ I don’t know what he was doing up at 5am, that’s a whole other story, but I was as excited as everybody else. I had no idea it was coming out. They didn’t tell me, they keep everything from me.”

Scarlett also confirmed that the Black Widow movie will be set between 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

And while fans have been desperate for a standalone film about the mysterious character, the screen star insisted the timing wasn’t right for the project until recently.

“A lot of people told me the film should have happened before and they’re wondering if it’s too late for this movie now, but I could not have told this movie 10 years ago,” the 35-year-old said. “My journey with Natasha has informed this film… It has a complexity to it that’s just delicious. Not to say that it wouldn’t have been entertaining 10 years ago, but we get to do stuff now that’s just good… It’s a homecoming.”

Black Widow, also featuring David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and Rachel Weisz, is slated to hit U.S. cinemas on 1 May 2020.

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Rachel Weisz felt ‘liberated’ working with female director on Black Widow

Rachel Weisz found working with a female director on Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie “liberating”.The actress stars alongside leading lady Scarlett Johansson in the first female-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The flick is als…

Rachel Weisz found working with a female director on Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie “liberating”.

The actress stars alongside leading lady Scarlett Johansson in the first female-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The flick is also one of the studio’s first to be directed by a woman, and Rachel found working alongside Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland an eye-opening experience.

“There is something that happens in a scene when a woman is across from another woman,” she told T Magazine’s 2019 The Greats issue of working on the film. “It sounds really pompous, but you are free from the history of ownership – I really mean that. It’s liberating.”

While the studio is renowned for its impressive blockbuster flicks – including Avengers: Endgame, which recently became the highest-grossing movie of all time – Rachel confessed she was surprised by the passion and integrity of those involved behind the scenes.

“It doesn’t feel Hollywood to me, big budget – it feels like the people there are the stewards and guardians of this storytelling they care about,” the 49-year-old considered.

Filming has wrapped on the movie, which is currently in post-production, and Scarlett told Entertainment Tonight she can’t wait for fans to see the finished cut, enthusing: “I love it. I’m so proud of what we made. Now we get to sprinkle the magic all over it. Get it ready for audiences.”

Black Widow is slated to hit cinemas in May 2020.

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Scarlett Johansson shows off stunning $400,000 engagement ring

Scarlett Johansson has showed off her stunning engagement ring for the first time, two months after saying yes to Colin Jost.The actress displayed the huge 11-carat egg-shaped sparkler on Saturday during a Marvel event at Comic-Con in San Diego. As her…

Scarlett Johansson has showed off her stunning engagement ring for the first time, two months after saying yes to Colin Jost.

The actress displayed the huge 11-carat egg-shaped sparkler on Saturday during a Marvel event at Comic-Con in San Diego.

As her new Black Widow standalone movie was announced, Scarlett took to the stage in a black and white David Koma jumpsuit with sheer panelling, Gianvito Rossi heels, and her jaw-dropping engagement ring.

According to editors at Page Six Style, the stone is a yellow-brown tinted diamond, mounted on an unusual black band, and worth more than $400,000 (£320,000).

It is also reportedly the work of Taffin’s owner James de Givenchy, the nephew of legendary French fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy.

On 29 June, an employee of the New York-based jewellery company shared a photo of a ring very similar to Scarlett’s on Instagram, with the caption: “11 cts (carats) light brown diamond, type 2A.”

The 34-year-old and Colin first made their debut as a couple back in November 2017 and announced that they were engaged in May. The loved-up duo was spotted celebrating their happy news just one day later at the Blue Hill restaurant at Stone Barns in New York, according to reports.

Scarlett and her Saturday Night Live co-head writer beau were last seen on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of Avengers: Endgame, just weeks before Colin popped the question.

The blonde star was previously married to Ryan Reynolds from 2008 until 2010, and Romain Dauriac from 2014 to 2017, with whom she shares five-year-old daughter Rose.

This is the first marriage for the 37-year-old funnyman.

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Scarlett Johansson promises ‘complex’ Black Widow movie

Scarlett Johansson is certain her experiences with motherhood will make her Marvel superhero Black Widow “more complex”.The highly-anticipated standalone spin-off movie – also starring David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and Rachel Weisz – was announced at C…

Scarlett Johansson is certain her experiences with motherhood will make her Marvel superhero Black Widow “more complex”.

The highly-anticipated standalone spin-off movie – also starring David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and Rachel Weisz – was announced at Comic-Con during the Marvel Studios presentation on Saturday.

Following the big reveal, Scarlett told reporters at Variety she “felt like a weight has been lifted”, and shortly after the appearance with her new castmates at the huge event in San Diego, the star was back on a plane to London, where filming is already underway.

Marvel fans have been clamouring for the assassin Natasha Romanoff to have her own film, and Scarlett explained in the interview that she’s pleased the movie has taken so long to begin production.

“I think I could have made the film 10 years ago, but it would have been a very different film,” the 34-year-old shared. “I think it probably would have been much more of a caricature of a person. I feel after living an extra 10 years and becoming a mother and you know, life and how it happens to you, I feel much more in myself and able to explore all the kind of things that make me uncomfortable and then just lay it out for you guys.”

Scarlett, who shares five-year-old daughter Rose with her ex-husband Romain Dauriac, thinks her life experiences will only benefit her portrayal of her much-loved character.

“It feels like I’m a stronger person by the fact that I have embraced my vulnerability,” she continued. “And I think that will make this version of the character really, hopefully, complex.”

Black Widow is reportedly set after the events of Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers: Infinity War, and will be directed by Cate Shortland. It is set to be released in May next year.

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Scarlett Johansson’s Avengers trainer talks through gruelling regime

Scarlett Johansson’s trainer was tasked with making the actress look like a real-life superhero ahead of the final Avengers instalment.Scarlett is back to her Black Widow best in Avengers: Endgame, alongside other franchise favourites like Chris Hemswo…

Scarlett Johansson’s trainer was tasked with making the actress look like a real-life superhero ahead of the final Avengers instalment.

Scarlett is back to her Black Widow best in Avengers: Endgame, alongside other franchise favourites like Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Evans.

Prior to the shoot, the 34-year-old put in the hours at the gym with trainer to the stars Eric Johnson.

“We’re trying to create this crazy comic book hero in real life with somebody who’s normal,” Eric told The Hollywood Reporter.

Eric also had his work cut out because the actress isn’t a fan of traditional workouts.

“Scarlett hates traditional cardio,” he shared, adding that they focused on sprint work, battle ropes and kettlebells, instead. “(Kettlebells) teaches her to be powerful and strong while making (the exercise) look elegant and pretty.”

On the food front, the pair found time-restricted eating worked best for Scarlett, as it stabilised her energy. She also cut out carbs in the days before filming.

And to get the most out of their sessions, Eric introduced specific fitness milestones every 12 weeks, likes a 245-pound deadlift, pull-up series, single-leg pistol squats and push-up reps with a 45-pound plate on the mother-of-one’s back.

“If I show her something I can do easily, she wants to do it,” Eric recalled. “We finish a lot of sessions with sprints, me versus her, and if I offer a five-yard head start, she gets p**sed off that I would even dare.”

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Scarlett Johansson: ‘Avengers fans will see Black Widow’s emotional side’

Scarlett Johansson is looking forward to fans getting to see a more emotional side to her Black Widow character in Avengers: Endgame.The 34-year-old actress first appeared as Russian secret agent Natasha Romanoff in 2010’s Iron Man 2, whose time as B…

Scarlett Johansson is looking forward to fans getting to see a more emotional side to her Black Widow character in Avengers: Endgame.

The 34-year-old actress first appeared as Russian secret agent Natasha Romanoff in 2010’s Iron Man 2, whose time as Black Widow with the Avengers superhero team toughened her outlook on life.

However, she says the events of the preceding film Avengers: Infinity War, when half of all living things, including many of her friends and fellow heroes, were wiped out by the villainous Thanos’ all-powerful ‘snap’ may lead to us seeing more of the Black Widow’s softer side.

“I think the character is really vulnerable and is pretty raw and emotionally available, more than I thought she’d be, but I think that’s what happens post-snap,” she tells HeyUGuys.com. “You’re just pretty messed up. She’s letting herself feel all that stuff and it’s cool to be able to do that.

Although sworn to secrecy before the movie debuts on Thursday (25Apr19), she hinted that how the remaining characters, who include Robert Downey, Jr’s Iron Man, and Chris Evans’ Captain America, deal with the loss caused by the snap will be a big theme.

“I hope that the audience is able to have a cathartic experience through the characters’ experience,” she explains. “Because it was pretty messed up. That was bad.”

A solo Black Widow movie is also reportedly in the works, although Scarlett says she knows “very little” about the project.

However, she did add: “There’s plenty to mine from this character because she’s a very interesting character, with a very interesting story and point of view.”

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