"Black Widow" Stars Florence Pugh and Scarlett Johansson Filmed with Pneumonia

Entertainment | By Holly Patrick | March 28, 2021

Do you remember the days when superhero films were a rare occurrence? It has definitely been a while since people had to wait more than a year for a new superhero film to come out. In the past, people would wait sometimes over ten years for a superhero or comic book character to make the big screen.

Thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, audiences have been gifted superhero film after superhero film. With the launch of Disney Plus, there is even more superhero content coming in the form of TV shows. Marvel isn’t the only player in town when it comes to these films, but they are at the top.

There are still films that have yet to be released due to Covid-19. One of those films is Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson playing the titular character. Fans have been patiently waiting to finally see this character get her own movie. As it turns out, the stars were the real superheroes.

Black Widow Gets a July 9th Release Date

The movie fans have been waiting to see is coming: Black Widow. Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic has shifted its release date, fans have been uncertain when and how they would finally be able to see this film. As it turns out, Disney Plus will be streaming the film on July 9th at the same time as a theatrical launch. The film will follow the story of one of the Avengers, the KGB assassin-turned superhero, Black Widow. The film also stars breakout star Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, an agent much like Black Widow herself.

A recent feature in The Gentlewoman, a UK news outlet, gave some incredible details about the movie that proves that the stars are more than just actresses. They are just as tough as the characters they play on the screen.

The Filming was Grueling According to the Director

The film was directed by Cate Shortland who went on record to say that the filming was an incredibly grueling four months that took place over several locations, including Norway, Morocco, the U.K. and the U.S. It was hard on everyone from the cast to the crew. Via her article in The Gentlewoman, she said, ““It was like being in the army. By the end, Scarlett and her co-star Florence Pugh were both shooting while ill with pneumonia.”

You would imagine a Hollywood star of Johannssons caliber might make the situation even more difficult, but that was not the case. “She’s completely unpretentious and that makes her really fun to be around. She’ll be joking with the best boy or the runner; there’s no hierarchy. She appreciates people, and she makes people feel appreciated.”

Johansson Addresses Pas Controversies in the Article

Johansson has had her name involved in some controversies over the past couple of years regarding the roles she takes and for comments she’s made regarding Woody Allen. She covers these topics in the article. She said, “I’m going to have opinions about things, because that’s just who I am. I mean, everyone has a hard time admitting when they’re wrong about stuff, and for all of that to come out publicly, it can be embarrassing. To have the experience of, ‘Wow, I was really off the mark there, or I wasn’t looking at the big picture, or I was inconsiderate.’ I’m also a person.”

Johansson doesn’t think that her job is to interact with the public and be in the public eye. She believes her role is simply to act. “I don’t think actors have obligations to have a public role in society. Some people want to, but the idea that you’re obligated to because you’re in the public eye is unfair. You didn’t choose to be a politician, you’re an actor. Your job is to reflect our experience to ourselves; your job is to be a mirror for an audience, to be able to have an empathetic experience through art. That is what your job is.”



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