Ned Benson (born April 3, 1977) is an American filmmaker.[1]

Ned Benson
Born (1977-04-03) April 3, 1977 (age 45)
Alma materColumbia University
  • Screenwriter
  • film director
  • film producer


He attended Deerfield Academy and graduated from Columbia University in 2001.[2][3][4] Benson had a long-term relationship with Jessica Chastain, but they broke up in 2010.[5][6] After working on The Westerner, Benson made his directorial debut film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. After Chastain asked questions about the background, Benson wrote another script devoted entirely to her perspective[7] and she joined the cast.[8] It was shot as two films simultaneously. They were premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival under the title The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her [9] Benson later edited the films into one film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them which premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The Weinstein Company had a limited release in September 2014.[10] On January 16, 2019, Benson and Jac Schaeffer served as story writers for Black Widow.[11] He was later replaced by Eric Pearson.[12]


Year Title Director Writer Producer Other Notes
2014 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Yes Yes Yes No
2021 Black Widow No Story No No Wrote the story with Jac Schaeffer.


  1. ^ "THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY". USC Cinematic Arts. September 3, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Shanahan, Mark (September 18, 2014). "Director Ned Benson stops at Kendall - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2020-08-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Grigg-Spall, Holly. "NED BENSON". Issue Magazine. Archived from the original on June 16, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Fessier, Bruce (September 12, 2014). "Palm Springs producers help 'Rigby' get to theaters". The Desert Sun. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Yuan, Jada (May 22, 2014). "Jessica Chastain on Cannes, Her Wonderful Facebook Page, and Having to Keep Interstellar Secrets". Vulture. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  6. ^ Barlow, Helen (May 22, 2014). "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Jessica Chastain and Ned Benson interview". Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  7. ^ Smith, Nigel M (September 14, 2013). "Jessica Chastain Explains How She Helped Shape TIFF Wonder 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' With Director Ned Benson". Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (February 2, 2012). "Chastain, Edgerton join Myriad films". Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  9. ^ "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her". TIFF. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (September 11, 2013). "Toronto: Weinstein Acquires 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby'". Variety. PMC. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  11. ^ Jeff Sneider (February 15, 2019). "Exclusive: Marvel, Scarlett Johansson Tap Ned Benson to Rewrite 'Black Widow' Movie". Collider.
  12. ^ Barnhardt, Adam (14 January 2020). "Thor: Ragnarok Writer Gets Sole Screenwriting Credit on Black Widow". Comicbook. Retrieved 15 January 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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