Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Widow’ Adds Ray Winstone to Cast

Marvel Studios’ long-gestating solo movie ‘Black Widow’ has cast Ray Winstone in an unknown role. He will likely portray the role of the Russian general.

Winstone was recently in STX Entertainment’s ‘Den of Thieves,’ starring Gerard Butler. Other popular roles include Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Sexy Beast,’ Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Departed,’ and Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Beowulf.’ He will next be in Tom Hooper’s ‘Cats,’ releasing December 20th.

The cast, so far, comprises of:

  • Scarlett Johansson (‘Iron Man 2,’ ‘Avengers: Endgame’) as Natasha Romanoff
  • Florence Pugh (‘The Little Drummer Girl,’ ‘Fighting with My Family’) as a spy on the same level as Natasha Romanoff
  • David Harbour (‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Hellboy’) in the older male role
  • Rachel Weisz (‘The Lobster,’ ‘The Favourite’) in the older female role
  • O-T Fagbenle (‘The Interceptor,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) as the “tough, dangerous and mysterious” villain

Additionally, there is still a role that has not been cast: the supporting female role, age 15-25. The actresses on the shortlist for this role include Camila Mendes (‘Riverdale’), Isabela Moner (‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’), Storm Reid (‘When They See Us’), and Hannah Quinlivan (‘Skyscraper’).

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Meanwhile, Cate Shortland (‘Lore,’ ‘Berlin Syndrome’) will direct. The first draft of the screenplay is from Jac Schaeffer (‘Captain Marvel,’ ‘Vision and Scarlet Witch’). Schaeffer wrote the upcoming ‘The Hustle,’ a remake of ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,’ starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. Ned Benson (‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ trilogy) recently did rewrites on the script.

Moreover, crew members include ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ cinematographer Rob Hardy, seven-time ‘Harry Potter’ costume designer Jany Temime, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ art director Jim Barr, and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ production designer Charles Wood.

Further, filming is currently underway in Pinewood Studios, in the United Kingdom. Some scenes were shot in Sæbø, Norway last month. Other shooting locations should include Budapest, Croatia and Miami, Florida. The wrap date may be October 31st.

Marvel Studios has yet to officially announce the release date. However, there is an assumption it will take the May 1st, 2020 spot previously slated by Disney.

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Source: Variety

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