From the start of the production of the solo film dedicated to Black Widow, we learned that Emma Watson was approached to join Scarlett Johansson in this new production of the MCU. Ultimately, the star of Harry Potter will not integrate the cast of the film and the studio will prefer Florence Pugh to play Yelena Belova, the sister of Natasha Romanoff.
A first choice finally abandoned
And yet, when the project to produce the film on Black Widow is launched, the director, Cate Shortland, Marvel executives want to offer Emma Watson the role of Yelena Belova. A first choice for the studio because of her talent as an actress, especially in the franchise Harry Potter or in the live-action remake of The beauty and the Beast.
In the end, it will not be the case since Marvel announces Florence Pugh was chosen to play Natasha Romanoff’s sister, ahead of other actresses approached for this role such as Saoirse Ronan, Alice Englert or Dar Zuzovsky.
Ideal capabilities to integrate the MCU
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cate Shortland says she was impressed with Pugh’s performance in The Young Lady. For their part, the studio executives were more fans of her performance as a professional wrestler in the movie A Family in the Ring. A film in which the actress was able to show her ability to take physical shots and offer a fair interpretation.
If Florence Pugh was preferred over Emma Watson, the director of Black Widow affirms seeing in her her ability to match the energy of Scarlett Johansson on screen. An important point in the film. What’s more, his mastery of dance and athletics came in handy in filming the choreographed fight scenes. Florence Pugh has also performed the stunts herself, a significant asset to evolve in the MCU.
With all these physical abilities associated with her talent as an actress, Florence Pugh naturally emerged as the perfect candidate to play Yelena Belova. If Marvel had chosen Emma Watson, it would have given us a much different version of the character seen in the film. And this is just the start for Pugh as Yelena is now ready to avenge Natasha’s death after the events of Endgame. She is the new Black Widow in Phase 4 of the MCU. She goes appear in the series Hawkeye on Disney + and in other Marvel Studios projects.