One of the hottest female directors of our time, Olivia Wilde, has signed a deal with Sony Pictures to develop and direct a female-centric Marvel feature.

Sony and Marvel are keeping tight-lipped over the project but rumours have been spreading like wildfire that a Spider-Woman project is currently in development at the studio.

The film will be written by ‘Booksmart’ writer Katie Silberman with Amy Pascal producing. Rachel O’Connor will executive produce.

Spider-Woman aka Jessica Drew first appeared in 1977 and was originally intended as a one-off character. She went on to star in 50 issues of an ongoing series. The title has been held by several Marvel Comics characters including Mary-Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy. The ‘Spider-Gwen’ version of the character has most recently appeared in the animated feature ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ voiced by Hailee Steinfeld.

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Wilde hit the jackpot in the director’s chair with the smartly comical ‘Booksmart’ last year, which was her full-length feature directorial debut. She is attached to direct the thriller ‘Don’t Worry Darling,’ starring Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson.

As an actress, she can be currently seen in Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewel’. Wilde’s other credits include ‘Christmas With The Coopers’ alongside Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, Dan Fogelman’s ‘Life Itself’ with Oscar Isaac and ‘Bojack Horseman’ in which she voices the character of Charlotte Moore’.