It has been reported that Emily Blunt was director Jon Favreau’s first choice to play Natasha Romanoff /Black Widow in Iron Man 2 but scheduling conflicts with Gulliver’s Travels ruled her out. Legend, hearsay and conjecture suggests she was actually cast in the movie but had to drop out because of reshoots for The Wolfman (for those who haven’t seen it the movie is a mess and needs more than reshoots). It has also been suggested that she was considered for Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises but lost out to her Devil Wears Prada co-star Anne Hathaway.
As I watched the films I didn’t give Emily Blunt a second thought, the part in Iron Man 2 wasn’t that great and Scarlett Johansson did an okay job. On the other hand despite the relatively low screen time Anne Hathaway was brilliant in The Dark Knight Rises pushing any thought on anyone else playing the part out of the mind. Then came The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Johansson grew into the role and was the most interesting character in both films. I did then wonder what Emily Blunt would have been like in the part.
She has been an actress that has always impressed with whatever part she has been given, such as comic and light and roles: Wild Target, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Sunshine Cleaning, The Devil Wears Prada. But she has always been at her best in more dramatic parts: The Adjustment Bureau, Looper and My Summer of Love. Then came Edge of Tomorrow. Playing alongside Tom Cruise in a part that the films structure prevents her having a real story arc, she is still the heart of the film and lights up the screen every time we see her. Beyond that, it is an action movie that makes me believe she could play any part given her and would have been a great Catwoman or Black Widow. I would love to see her in a big leading action role, but at the age of 31 in the modern youth obsessed Hollywood she needs that big role now. Will there be a Catwoman in Justice League or is there a space for another female Avenger? Are we going to see any big blockbusters away from the two big comic book studios?
Next up, she will be par t of an all star cast in Into the Woods. Then next year in Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario (Villeneuve directed last years breakout hit Prisoners). Nothing has been reported beyond that but something big must be on the horizon for this hugely talented and versatile actress.