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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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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Rachel Weisz in talks for Black Widow standalone movie

Rachel Weisz is reportedly in negotiations to join Scarlett Johansson in the Black Widow standalone film. The British actress, who was nominated for an Oscar this year (19) for her role in The Favourite, is in early talks to join the Marvel movie but…

Rachel Weisz is reportedly in negotiations to join Scarlett Johansson in the Black Widow standalone film.

The British actress, who was nominated for an Oscar this year (19) for her role in The Favourite, is in early talks to join the Marvel movie but a deal has not yet been completed, according to Variety. It is not known what character she would play.

If she boards the project, Weisz will join Johansson as Russian spy-turned-Avenger Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Fighting with my Family’s Florence Pugh, who is thought to be playing a spy on the same level as Romanoff, and Stranger Things star David Harbour, who was also revealed to have joined in an unknown capacity on Wednesday (03Apr19).

The film is scheduled to begin shooting in London in June. It is being directed by Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland, known for projects such as Lore, Somersault, and Berlin Syndrome, produced by Marvel boss Kevin Feige, and written by Jac Schaeffer.

Black Widow will mark Johansson’s ninth time playing the character. It is unclear if the film will be an origin story, following how Romanoff made the switch from Russian assassin trained by the KGB to S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and Avenger, or if it will take place after the events of the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, which is set to be released later this month.

If Weisz does join the cast, it will mark her first time in a superhero flick. The 49-year-old has been mostly working in independent film of late, with recent projects including Disobedience, My Cousin Rachel and The Lobster, although she has previously appeared in franchise movies like The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, and The Bourne Legacy.

It is looking like a busy spring and summer for Harbour, whose turn as Hellboy in a new reboot is released in cinemas later this month. He is also reprising his role as policeman Jim Hopper in season three of Stranger Things, which drops on Netflix in July.

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Florence Pugh in talks for Black Widow standalone movie

Florence Pugh is in talks to star opposite Scarlett Johansson in the standalone Black Widow film. Film fans have been calling for a standalone superhero film focussing on Russian spy-turned-Avenger Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow since Johansson first ap…

Florence Pugh is in talks to star opposite Scarlett Johansson in the standalone Black Widow film.

Film fans have been calling for a standalone superhero film focussing on Russian spy-turned-Avenger Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow since Johansson first appeared as the character in 2010’s Iron Man 2, and it seems that the project is edging closer to the production stage as the supporting cast is being assembled.

British actress Pugh, who recently earned rave reviews for her starring role in wrestling comedy-drama Fighting With My Family, is in talks to star in the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pugh will play a spy on the same level as Romanoff, and perhaps even her moral opposite.

It is unclear if Black Widow will be an origin story, following how Romanoff made the switch from Russian assassin trained by the KGB to S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and Avenger, or if it will take place after the events of the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.

The film is scheduled to begin shooting in London in June (19). It is being directed by Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland, known for projects such as Lore, Somersault and Berlin Syndrome, produced by Marvel boss Kevin Feige, and written by Jac Schaeffer, who recently penned the screenplay for The Hustle, the upcoming female-led remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway.

Pugh, 23, made her acting debut with 2014 independent movie The Falling, and has since gained attention for her roles in Lady Macbeth, Outlaw King and TV miniseries The Little Drummer Girl. She will next be seen in Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of Little Women and horror Midsommar.

Johansson, who has expressed an interest in a Black Widow standalone movie in the past, will also be seen in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit and the untitled Noah Baumbach film later this year.

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