Marvel Studios' Black Widow is currently in production, and it looks like it just courted another cast member. Last week, actor and bodybuilder Olivier "The Dutch Giant" Richters took to Instagram to reveal that he will be playing a role in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
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MARVEL 🤩!!! I can finally tell you guys! For the last 3 weeks, I have been in the UK filming my part for the movie: Black Widow (Marvel Studios) 😱. This year in January, for the first time in my life I started to join castings for movies, who would have thought that I got to start with ''The King's Man'', then of to ''Gangs of London (HBO)'' and now Black Widow (Marvel). If someone in 2018 told me my career in the movie industry would start like this, I would have called an ambulance for him 😁. It has always been my dream to do something with my size. Can't wait for all the releases in 2020. Food credit: @musclemeatnl 💪 Photo credit: @gemmy.woudbinnendijk Ps. photo is not my character in this Film. #thedutchgiant #musclemeatnl #fitness #actor #acting #pinewoodstudios #marvel #marvelstudios #waltdisney #waltdisneypictures
Richters has earned the title of the "World's Tallest Bodybuilder", with a height of 7.2 feet. His filmography also includes Gangs of London and the upcoming Kingsman prequel The King's Man. There's no official indication exactly what Richters' role in Black Widow will be. IMDB currently credits him as "Muscular Gulag Inmate", although that information could always change.
Black Widow will see Scarlett Johansson reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff, with a cast that also includes Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz as Melina, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, and David Harbour as Red Guardian. The film will be directed by Cate Shortland.
"I was excited to see how bold it was and to see how raw it was and to see how sad it was. It was a script that I didn't expect to be associated with this, and that's part of why I got so excited," Pugh explained in an interview last month. "And with Cate Shortland attached and telling the next part of Natasha's history was only thrilling to be a part of."
"Well, A, I think Cate Shortland's vision... Everything that I've seen her direct is just so sensitive and raw and honest, and that is exactly what I think she's doing with this script," the Midsommar star continued. "It's about these two, well, these many women and these many men as well. But Natasha's story... people have been wanting to hear about it for a really long time, and it's been really amazing to show these women in a natural light and in an honest way."
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Upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall of 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, What If…? In Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021.