Variety is reporting the rumor that Emily Blunt is in talks to play Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2. Romanoff is a Soviet super spy who doubles as Black Widow, a beauty in a skintight black costume that is enhanced by high-tech weaponry.
She would join the previously-announced villains Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell in the sequel. Again directed by Jon Favreau, the Marvel Studios film sees the return of Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, while Don Cheadle is replacing Terrence Howard.
Blunt’s credits include The Devil Wears Prada, The Jane Austen Book Club and Charlie Wilson’s War. She also stars in The Wolfman, coming to theaters in November.
The Justin Theroux-scripted Iron Man 2 will begin production this spring for a release by Paramount on May 7, 2010.