By Dave Campbell | March 12, 2009
The rumors have been running wild over who will play the Russian superspy Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow in Marvel’s upcoming Iron Man 2. The previously announced Black Widow was Emily Blunt, but there were scheduling conflicts with her new movie Gulliver’s Travels‘ and she had to bow out.
This led Marvel into discussions with other actresses, such as Eliza Dushku & Jennifer Tilly who both started campaigning for the role back in November…blah! Let’s just say I’m glad they’ve taken a classier, more talented route by announcing that Scarlett Johansson has now officially taken Blunt’s place. Johansson’s rep, Marcel Pariseau, made it official by saying “Scarlett has signed on the dotted line to play the part and is thrilled to be a part of Iron Man”.
With an already superstar cast including Robert Downey Jr, Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Rockwell, Don Cheadle, and even a rumored Tim Robbins, this 2010 summer blockbuster is only setting itself up for major success.