Black Widow cast a global net to fill its Red Room

The harsh reality of Marvel’s new movie Black Widow is that the movie is, as The A.V. Club’s own review states, about an “army of brainwashed “Widows,” carrying out orders for the Russian bigwig who kidnaps, grooms, and commands children.” It’s that kind of lighthearted fare that director Cate Shortland was charged with tackling. Oh, and it also just happens to be a huge, mega-budget, mega-franchise action movie. No pressure, though.

As Shortland tells us in the video below, she wanted to create a movie that was both “truthful and raw,” both in its action and in its storytelling. As she puts it, “Sometimes when I watch action sequences, I want to go put the coffee on because I know the shape of it and what’s going to happen. I wanted [Black Widow] to feel fresh and I wanted it to feel like there were stakes.”

Shortland achieved that two ways. First, by setting up the story’s dark backstory through an Americans-style array of mock found footage and references to a global trade in children aimed to fill the Widows’ Red Room. Shortland says, “We cast our Widows from all across the world. So we had African widows, French widows, Norwegian widows, Korean, Chinese, British,” saying the goal was “to talk to all women.”


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