Plenty of high profile names have been dropped in the pursuit of casting the eponymous superhero in “Captain Marvel,” but a new frontrunner has emerged: Best Actress Oscar winner Brie Larson.
According to Variety, Larson is now the presumed favorite in a race that at one time included big names such as Emily Blunt and Natalie Dormer. The outlet says there is no word yet on how far along in negotiations Larson is, but the actress is the “first choice” and she is “leaning toward playing the part.”
The part in question is that of Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force pilot who is involved in a serious explosion, leading her DNA to be fused with that of an alien. This leads her to gain the powers of flight, superhuman strength, stamina, speed and durability, as well as energy projection and absorption. Although she is first referred to as Ms. Marvel in the comics, she later takes up the mantle of Captain Marvel. She has a regular appearance in the Avengers in the comics, as well.
“Inside Out” scribe Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) are at work on the script for the film, which does not currently have a director. Kevin Feige (“The Avengers”) is producing.
“Captain Marvel” will be the first film headlined by a female superhero under the current Marvel Cinematic Universe umbrella.
This would mark another big project for Larson, who has floated between prestige pics such as the upcoming “The Glass Castle” and big-budget films like “Kong: Skull Island.”
“Captain Marvel” is being scheduled for a 2019 release date.