One key role that Marvel Studios is looking to cast is Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. The character will be the star of the first female-led film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kevin Feige previously teased that casting news for the movie, as well as a director, would be announced this summer. Now, we know who the studio wants to play Captain Marvel.
According to Variety, actress Brie Larson is currently the frontrunner to play Captain Marvel. Larson is said to be the studio’s first choice for the role, and she is leaning towards accepting it. Larson recently won an Academy Award for her critically acclaimed performance in Room. We also named Larson as one of our top five choices to play Captain Marvel.
The Hollywood Reporter adds that Marvel is seeking to hire a female director for this film. Contenders currently include Jennifer Kent and Niki Caro.
Captain Marvel won’t hit theaters until March 8th, 2019. So, why is Marvel casting the role now? Apparently, the studio wanted to attach an actress early on, possibly to introduce her in another movie before her own solo outing. The Russo brothers seemingly confirmed (by accident) that Captain Marvel will appear in Avengers: Infinity War, which begins production later this year.
The Captain Marvel script is being written by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman. Expect a director and star to be officially announced in the coming months. Stay tuned.