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News! Rachel Weisz and David Harbour in talks to join Marvel's Black Widow movie

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One of Marvel's key phase four titles gets more and more intriguing by the day. The Black Widow movie, starring Scarlett Johansson as eponymous assassin Natasha Romanoff, has already recruited Fighting With My Family's Florence Pugh. And we can now add two more heavy-hitters to the cast list.

Variety indicates that Rachel Weisz, recent Oscar nominee for The Favourite, is in talks for a crucial role. The report notes that the deal hasn’t officially closed yet, but "talks are heading in that direction, with strong interest from both sides of negotiations." Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter says that Stranger Things actor David Harbour, soon to be seen in the Hellboy reboot (released 11th April), is also set to star.

The Black Widow movie has been a long time in the making and THR indicates production will begin in London this June. Story details remain thin on the ground - Natasha's shadowy Soviet background has been alluded to in the likes of Avengers Assemble, but never made explicit in other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies.

This pivotal phase four movie is being scripted by Jac Schaeffer, who directed 2009 sci-fi rom-com Timer. Behind the camera is Australian film-maker Cate Shortland, who helmed tense hostage thriller Berlin Syndrome. The movie is scheduled for release in 2020, so we'll bring more details as we get them.

In the meantime, watch Black Widow in action in Avengers: Endgame, released on 25th April. Click here to book your Avengers: Endgame tickets.