Oscar-winner Brie Larson is the frontrunner to play Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel in her upcoming solo feature, Marvel’s first female superhero movie, Variety reports.
According to the report, the two sides are coming to an agreement, with Marvel wanting Larson and Larson “leaning” towards accepting the role. The plan has always been to cast the superhero before setting a director for the solo pic, as the character is expected to appear in a prior film, most likely the first Avengers: Infinity War film or, if casting is complete this early, maybe she could even be in a Thor: Ragnarok credits scene. Carol Danvers is an air force pilot whose DNA fuses with an alien, producing Captain Marvel, a space cop with a litany of cosmic powers.
Meg LaFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) are penning the script while previously, an unsubstantiated rumor pointed to director Emily Carmichael meeting for the film. According to THR, the hunt for a female director has led to contenders such as Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), among others. Larson won the best actress Oscar for Room last February, recently wrapped the big-budget King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island and is currently filming The Glass Castle. She’s next in Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire.
Larson fits the Marvel bill well – young and red-hot. After signing up the likes of Jon Watts for Spider-Man: Homecoming hot off Cop Car and literally the entire creative core of Creed (Coogler, B. Jordan, Thompson and Stallone), Larson was clearly next on the list. It’s one of Marvel Studios’ super-powers. Finding talent at just the right moment and at just the right price. After years of Emily Blunt rumors, it speaks to Larson’s strength as an actress that she’s become a suitable surrogate. And having Oscar-winner before your name is never a bad thing.