Blunt had already been offered the role of Black Widow in “Iron Man 2,” but that may not be an option because of “Gulliver’s Travels.” Fox holds an option on the actress that was part of her deal when she co-starred in “The Devil Wears Prada,” and the studio may invoke it to see that she takes part in the giant tale.
While Blunt’s reps are still trying to work out scheduling so she can play both roles, it will be an uphill battle because of scheduling overlap. “Gulliver’s Travels” will shoot in the U.K. in late March; “Iron Man 2” is expected to begin lensing in early April in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Earlier this week it seemed that Marvel Entertainment would have to go back to the drawing board to find an actress to play Natasha Romanoff, the Soviet superspy who moonlights as Black Widow, a beauty in a skintight black costume enhanced by high-tech weaponry. But by late Thursday, it looked like Fox and Blunt’s reps were feeling more optimistic that she could do both projects.
So that ends on a positive note… let’s hope she can indeed do both.