Last month Screen Rant reported on the rumour that the characters of the Black Widow and Hawkeye would not only appear in Iron Man 2 but would be significant characters as opposed to just typical cameos. Well it appears things may be moving past simply rumour for at least one of the characters - as a certain actress is apparently in talks to play the Black Widow.
Emily Blunt, who you may know from the likes of The Devil Wears Prada, The Jane Austen Book Club and Charlie Wilson's War amongst others, is reportedly in talks to portray Natasha Romanoff, the Soviet super spy who doubles as the character the Black Widow.
If the negotiations go well and she gets the part she would join recently new (possible) cast members Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell. And just as a reminder the sequel will be again directed by John Favreau and see the return of Robery Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow, along with the new addition of Don Cheadle who, as you probably already know, has replaced Terrence Howard.
Marvel Studios refused to comment on the rumour so for now take this, as you should with all rumours, with a grain of salt.
I can't say I'm all that familiar with any of Blunt's previous work - I've just noticed her pop up every now and then since her first role back in 2003. Although her relatively unknown status may change after she stars alongside Benicio Del Toro in the upcoming film The Wolfman.
As someone who's not a big comic-book reader (especially not of Iron Man - I haven't read a single comic book featuring him) I hadn't heard of the character of the Black Widow before these rumours started to come out [Please dear readers, forgive him - Ed.] and so I can't then say whether or not Blunt would be a good choice for the role.
But are there any more informed comic-book fans out there who can say whether or not Blunt would make a good Black Widow?
Production on Iron Man 2 is to start production this Spring and is set to hit theatres on May 7th 2010.
Sources: ComingSoon.net and Variety