Scarlett Johansson Could Step In as Black Widow in 'Iron Man 2'

Scarlett Johansson
Though it is uncertain yet whether Emily Blunt will step down from portraying Black Widow in 'Iron Man 2', Scarlett Johansson's name has been thrown in as her potential replacer.

While Eliza Dushku has revealed her hope to get the Black Widow part in "Iron Man 2", it seems that Scarlett Johansson is more likely to replace Emily Blunt as the female fatale if Blunt passes on the role. Breaking the possible casting news was Entertainment Weekly's Hollywood Insider Blog.

On the new speculation, the trade reported that 24-year-old Johansson is interested to play Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow. Hollywood Insider Blog also made note that the star of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" has met the filmmaker and is in negotiation to fill in the Russian superspy's shoes. In addition to that, she is said to be just waiting for Blunt to officially give up the part. Still, Marvel have yet to confirm or deny this casting rumor.

In mid-January, Emily Blunt has been reported to be in talks for the villainous role. However, later that month, she was said to end up not playing the character due to conflicting shooting schedules and a contractual obligation with 20th Century Fox's remake of "Gulliver's Travels". Nonetheless, her reps are still working on the schedule so that she can take on roles in both movies.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, February 12 on the Howard Stern Show on Sirius/XM Radio, "Dollhouse" actress Eliza Dushku has tossed herself in for consideration. "They're doing 'Iron Man 2,' and I'm so perfect for the Black Widow character, that they just need to get into it. They need to understand," she said while promoting her new TV series. "I just learned Russian because I had to play a Russian girl in 'Dollhouse.'"


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