Academy Award winning actress Brie Larson (The Room, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) has reportedly moved into frontrunner status for the role of Carol Danvers a.k.a. “Captain Marvel.”
While it is unknown where they are in the negotiating process, industry sources have told Variety that Larson is now Marvel’s first choice to play the cosmic Avenger, and they are fully focused on landing her for the role.
Captain Marvel will be Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie. The plot will follow the exploits of Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose body is permeated with “Kree” DNA when an alien doomsday machine explodes. The resulting mutation gives her the power of flight, superhuman strength and durability, and the ability to absorb and project energy.
While the Captain Marvel film will not debut until 2018, chances are looking high that the character will be introduced sooner than that — likely during the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War Part I if not earlier.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had previously announced that both casting and a director for Captain Marvel would be announced “within the next few months.” It is unknown who Marvel is pursuing to direct the movie, although they have indicated that the eventual selection will be a woman.
The film does have two excellent writers attached. Nicole Perlman, the original writer of Guardians of the Galaxy and Meg LeFauve, a Pixar writer on Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur.
Larson is known to comic fans for playing the scenery-chewing “Envy Adams” in the cult comic-book classic Scott Pilgrim vs the World. She also just accepted the Academy Awards for Best Actress for the indie drama Room and has also signed on to star in the tentpole movie Kong: Skull Island.
If Larson is cast, it will end years of speculation on who might get the role. Almost every actress under 40 in Hollywood has been rumored to be up for the part. Including Katee Sackhoff, Rebecca Ferguson, Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie and Kathryn Winnick.
Captain Marvel hits theaters on July 6, 2018.