Brie Larson May Star as Captain Marvel
Perhaps one of the most discussed questions regarding Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is which actress will play Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel in the studio’s upcoming movies, including a Captain Marvel solo film in 2019. While such actresses as Emily Blunt, Olivia Wilde and Katee Sackhoff have been fan favorites to play the role for quite some time, a new report from Variety claims that a legitimate frontrunner has emerged.
Brie Larson, who earlier this year took home a Best Actress Oscar for her unforgettable performance in Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, is supposedly in early talks to portray the superhero. The article states that it’s “unknown where negotiations stand,” but Larson is Marvel’s “first choice, and that she’s leaning toward playing the part.”
Captain Marvel centers around Danvers, “an air force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the super powers of strength, energy project and flight.”
If Larson does end up signing on, she will not only appear as the character in Captain Marvel, but also most likely in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and 2019’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. In fact, the Infinity War films are being helmed by Captain America: Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who have past experience working on NBC’s Community, a show that Larson guest starred on for three episodes.
On top of her work in Room, Larson has proven herself as a talented young actress in a number of other films and TV shows throughout her career as well, including Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, United States of Tara, 21 Jump Street, The Spectacular Now, Short Term 12 and Trainwreck. In the future, she can be seen starring in Free Fire, The Glass Castle and Kong: Skull Island.
While Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve are set to pen the film’s script, and have been for a while, no director is currently attached to helm; however, The Hollywood Reporter lists both Niki Caro (McFarland, USA) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) as contenders for the job. Captain Marvel will hit theaters on March 8, 2019.