'Iron Man 2': Scarlett Johansson cast as Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson has been cast to play the Russian femme fatale Black Widow in Iron Man 2, joining a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, and the just-announced Mickey Rourke, according to E! Online. EW.com first reported Johansson was approached for the role after Emily Blunt stepped aside because of her obligations to Gulliver’s Travels, an adaptation of the classic tale toplined by Jack Black. Iron Man 2 is due in theaters May 7, 2010.


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  • John Baker

    I love Scarlett and she’s a great actress, but she doesn’t give off that “exotic foreigner” vibe I think you need for Natasha. Plus I’ve never seen her do any of the physical action work a good Black Widow would need.

  • jose from LA

    the ONLY time i could be disappointed with a film casting Scarlett, i suppose, would be when I was previously teased with the casting of Emily Blunt. weird.

  • Shaun

    Not sure how I feel about this. She’s not the best actress (Emily would’ve been almost perfect). Isn’t Black Widow more of a Capt. America/Avengers character, anyways? Also, I agree with John, I’ve never seen ScarJo get too physical. Let’s hope she’s working with that trainer as we speak….

  • Benst

    PLEASE MS. Johansson,
    Do NOT try and talk in English with a Russian accent! It sounds fake and false. Just talk in Amercian English.
    If they had wanted someone to speak English with a Russian accent, they would have cast such a person.
    Most actors and actresses cannot talk with an accent when required to do so. Meryl Streep is, (of course), the exeption to the rule.

  • rockgolf

    To Shaun: The Marvel comics’ Black Widow originally appeared (as a brunette) in Iron Man back in the Tales of Suspense days. She was a Russian spy, and later she seduced Hawkeye who eventually switched sides and became an Avenger. I believe she also fought with Daredevil then Spider-man before joining SHIELD. I don’t recall her ever facing Captain America.

  • :(

    This is the first time since the announcement of Iron Man II that I’ve been disappointed. Even when they replaced Terrence Howard, I could accept it because they replaced him with a top notch actor.
    This just feels like a huge downgrade from Emily Blunt. Johannson just doesn’t fit.

  • TV Gord

    Once again, the Crazy Internet People (thank you, Lauren Graham) are so limited in their thinking that they’ve already made up their minds about how bad someone’s performance in going to be. You’d think such knee-jerk reactions would diminish after the internet chatter-babble from those who couldn’t picture Heath Ledger as The Joker. Actors actually CAN stretch beyond the limits of your imagination, you know. Thank goodness none of you are casting directors.

  • CW

    Well Emily Blunt stepped aside so what else could they do? I agree they could have cast a better actress. The only reason Scarlett is even acting is for what she looks like. I have yet to see her in a movie and like her performance. I don’t think it will be a big deal. Robert is great as Iron Man and one bad casting choice shouldn’t tank the picture. They only people who pay attention to Scarlett is the men’s magazines. People shouldn’t worry because Scarlett is all looks and no talent and she’s forgettable in everything she’s in. I’m looking forward to it. I think it will still be good.

  • Ben

    Sorry, but this is horrible casting. I don’t even want to think about Scarlett trying out her Russian accent that she will try and learn from Boris and Natasha from “Bullwinkle and Rocky”. She is being hired for T&A, that’s all. I’ve seen her acting in many other movies and she is about as talented as Ben Affleck. Famke Janssen or Emily Blunt would have been miles better.

  • Ceballos

    So is Gwyneth Paltrow not in this movie? I’m not a huge fan, but I thought she had pretty great chemistry with Robert Downey Jr.

  • Sally in Chicago

    Of all the “European” actresses to choose from, they went with an American actress? And a C actress at that? What happened to Don Cheadle?

  • Clam Bake

    Ah. So this is her project after Shoe City:


  • T

    It should’ve been Famke Janssen

  • huh?

    There are now offically too many characters in this movie. Has no one learned the hero to villain ratio as it pertains to quality of film sequels? (see: Spiderman 3 and Batman & Robin)

  • pant
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