Disney sets new release date for Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be relea…

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November.

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be released on 1 May, but was shelved back in March and delayed indefinitely.

However, on Friday, Disney bosses released an extensive revision of their 2020-2021 schedule and announced Black Widow would open in cinemas on 6 November, replacing Eternals. All other MCU projects in the pipeline have been pushed back, with Eternals now opening on 12 February 2021, followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a project which has been temporarily halted mid-production, on 7 May 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on 5 November 2021, and then Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2 in 2022.

Outside of Marvel films, Disney executives have also delayed the release of Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, and Indiana Jones 5, featuring Harrison Ford, by almost a year later than expected. Ryan Reynolds’s action-comedy Free Guy has been pushed back from July to December and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch has shifted from July to October.

In a surprising move, they announced sci-fi fantasy film Artemis Fowl, which was due to have a theatrical run from 29 May, will now premiere on Disney+, making it the studio’s first film to skip its cinema release entirely.

Other Disney properties such as The New Mutants, The Woman in the Window, Antlers, and The Personal History of David Copperfield remain without release dates.

However, Disney officials are yet to shift the release of their Pixar animation Soul, with it still being set to open on 19 June, although this is expected to change. They have also kept the release dates for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake on 18 December and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel on 25 December.

Most big studio releases have vacated their summer slot. One of the last holdouts, the Candyman reboot, was also moved from June to September by MGM/Universal bosses over the weekend, and film experts are now waiting for Warner Bros. officials to shift Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is still set for release on 17 July.

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Scarlett Johansson: ‘Black Widow is big tonal shift from other Marvel films’

Scarlett Johansson has praised Kevin Feige for giving fans what they least expected and making her Black Widow movie a family drama.The Marriage Story actress joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow for Iron Man 2 in …

Scarlett Johansson has praised Kevin Feige for giving fans what they least expected and making her Black Widow movie a family drama.

The Marriage Story actress joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow for Iron Man 2 in 2010 and has been one of the mainstays of the franchise, with her appearing in all the Avengers movies until Natasha’s demise in last year’s Avengers: Endgame.

After many years of speculation, Johansson was finally given her own standalone Black Widow movie, which is set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Unlike most other MCU instalments, the film is a family drama, focusing on her relationship with sister figure Yelena, played by Florence Pugh, and parent figures played by David Harbour and Rachel Weisz.

In an interview with Total Film magazine, Johansson praised Marvel boss Feige for subverting expectations and coming up with the family drama angle.

“I think part of Kevin Feige’s genius is that he always thinks about what fans expect out of these films and then gives them something that they never could’ve dreamed of,” she gushed. “The idea of Natasha Romanoff in a family drama is the least expected thing, and I had to wrap my head around what that was going to be because there’s such a big tonal shift.”

The 35-year-old shared that she wanted to make sure there was an emotional story to tell before agreeing to do a standalone film.

“I think from the very beginning when we first started talking about doing this standalone film, there was no reason to do it unless we could really dig deep and be brave and go there,” Johansson explained. “Having played this character for a decade, I wanted to make sure that it would feel artistically and creatively rewarding for me as well as the fans.”

Black Widow was due to be released in May, but is currently delayed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Film Music Reporter, Marvel bosses have used the delay to replace composer Alexandre Desplat with Lorne Balfe.

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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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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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Roland Mouret launching sustainable bridal collection

French designer Roland Mouret is launching a sustainable bridal collection.The fashion star founded his eponymous label in 1998 and had his major breakthrough in 2005 with his Galaxy dress, which was worn by a bunch of celebrities including Victoria Be…

French designer Roland Mouret is launching a sustainable bridal collection.

The fashion star founded his eponymous label in 1998 and had his major breakthrough in 2005 with his Galaxy dress, which was worn by a bunch of celebrities including Victoria Beckham, Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, and Rachel Weisz.

Mouret, who has designed custom-made wedding dresses for clients in the past, is now launching his first official bridal collection, with the line consisting of multi-faceted pieces that can be worn again after the big day.

“The amount of fabric used for a bridal dress that you’re only going to wear once is a waste of material and a waste of space because you have to immediately pack it away,” he explained to Marie Claire.

His spring 2020 bridal collection will incorporate pieces that can be worn in normal daily life, from blazers, jumpsuits, and trousers to ankle-length skirts, as well as simple white dresses.

“My generation of designers went from two collections to four to six collections,” Mouret explained about his desire to be sustainable. “When you wake up and realise your creativity is destroying the planet…it’s quite a bitter feeling. But back then, we didn’t know any other way.”

In a bid to tackle the fashion industry’s problem with waste, Mouret, who also boasts Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as a celebrity fan, has designed the BLUE hanger with Dutch company Arch & Hook. He hopes the product, which is made from a mixture of plastic and other ocean debris, will replace the single-use plastic hangers used solely for transporting clothing from the factory to the retailer.

He will soon fly to Los Angeles to meet with members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and other leaders to discuss the product and call for changes to the industry.

“I know what’s in store for the future and I know what’s happening. I think we’re in an emergency, so this project makes me happy and sad at the same time,” he added.

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Rachel Weisz to star as Elizabeth Taylor in A Special Relationship

Rachel Weisz will portray late Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in upcoming biopic A Special Relationship.The movie will centre on the late star’s journey from actress to activist and her friendship with her personal assistant Roger Wall, a gay man who …

Rachel Weisz will portray late Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in upcoming biopic A Special Relationship.

The movie will centre on the late star’s journey from actress to activist and her friendship with her personal assistant Roger Wall, a gay man who worked his way out of extreme poverty in America’s Deep South before pursuing a career in Hollywood.

Wall took his own life in 1991 after he was diagnosed with HIV.

Taylor, who called his death “one of the biggest losses of my life”, was one of the first celebrities to publicly join the fight against HIV/AIDS in the 1980s.

Set to be developed by female directing duo Bert & Bertie from a script by Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy, A Special Relationship is based on hours of interviews with those who knew Taylor.

Weisz follows in the footsteps of Helena Bonham Carter, Lindsay Lohan and Sherilyn Fenn, who have previously portrayed the iconic Hollywood actress.

Barbara Berkowitz and Tim Mendelson, trustees of the Elizabeth Taylor Estate/House of Taylor Trust, will be executive producing alongside Danny Perkins and Simon Gillis.

Producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman said the film “is a celebration of how friendships can change people’s lives, and how Elizabeth helped change the world.”

“Audiences are clearly fascinated by the private lives of iconic Hollywood stars,” they added in a statement. “There is no one more iconic than Elizabeth Taylor, and Simon Beaufoy has written a role that shines a light on Elizabeth’s humour and humanity, which will be beautifully brought to life through the extraordinary talents of Rachel Weisz.”

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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 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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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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