BREAKING: Brie Larson in Talks For Lead Role in Captain Marvel
STOP THE PRESSES. WE HAVE CAPTAIN MARVEL NEWS.
Variety reports with an exclusive:
After her Oscar-winning turn in “Room,” Brie Larson may be ready to step into the shoes of Marvel’s most popular female superhero.
Sources tell Variety Marvel is in early talks with Larson to play Captain Marvel in the studio’s standalone project. It is unknown where things stand in negotiations but sources have told Variety she is the choice and Larson is leaning towards playing the part.
Marvel had no comment on the story.
Variety reiterates there is currently no director signed on but you may recall my article which pointed to Emily Carmichael possible circling the gig. Marvel’s Kevin Feige has said they don’t have a strict edict for the film having a female director. [Update: The Hollywood Reporter says “names like Niki Caro (Whale Rider, McFarland, USA) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) surfacing as contenders” to direct.] [Update #2: I’ve gone more in depth about the directors at HitFix Harpy.]
I’ve been impressed with Larson from what I’ve seen her in but I can’t say she was on my shortlist (she’ll next be seen in Kong: Skull Island opposite Marvel star Tom Hiddleston). However, it’s nice to see some movement finally happening here considering how long we’ve been waiting for a female-led Marvel film. I predicted we’d get the big announcement at San Diego Comic-Con this year and that could still be true.
You may recall Larson already starred in a comic book film – 2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as Envy Adams. What do you think of the prospect of Larson playing Carol Danvers?