The search for a director for Marvel’s “Captain America” is officially over.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Mississippi Grind” directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck nabbed the coveted job.
Reports last summer claimed the search for a director for the film was hot.
The search narrowed down to Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria. The outlet was quick to note that a decision wouldn’t be made in the near future, as Marvel was taking its time with the decision.
Per the outlet, “Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson, “The Babadook’s” Jennifer Kent and Jennifer Yuh (“Kung Fu Panda 2”) were also in the mix.
The choice makes Boden the first female director for the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film will also feature its first standalone female superhero, with Brie Larson tackling the title role.
Larson will play 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 Ms. Marvel in the comics to start, she later takes up the mantle of Captain Marvel. She has a regular appearance in the Avengers in the comics as well, leading some to believe Larson could appear in one of those films before “Captain Marvel” debuts.
“Inside Out’s” Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) are at work on the script for the film. Kevin Feige (“The Avengers”) is producing.
This marks another big project for Larson. She has floated between prestige pics such as the upcoming “The Glass Castle” and big-budget films like “Kong: Skull Island.”
Stay tuned for more updates on the film.