Emily Blunt was set to star as the sexy Russian spy Black Widow (an eventual member of the Avengers) in Iron Man 2, but since Fox found it so much fun to remind other studios of their legal holdings, so they are calling in a marker on Blunt’s option to star in a movie with Jason Segel and Jack Black – Gulliver’s Travels.
According to the trades, Twentieth Century Fox is negotiating with Emily Blunt and Jason Segel to join Jack Black in “Gulliver’s Travels,” the Rob Letterman-directed reimagining of the classic Jonathan Swift tale.
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.
Frankly I would sooner see Blunt take on the Black Widow role so I do hope she manages to find it in her schedule to handle both commitments.
And Fox already had a tough time proving they were not the badguys in the whole Watchmen debacle, and now they might rob Blunt of her opportunity at a key role in Marvel’s interwoven attempts at a crossover tying their products together.
If Blunt was giving up this opportunity for a bigger role, I might forgive the situation, but in a Jack Black comedy? I don’t want to sound insensitive but I think the Marvel films role has more potential. Black Widow role will likely lead to a role in Avengers and Avengers 2 or a spinoff Black Widow movie?
What does Gulliver’s Travels have to offer her?