Today, superhero movies are not only a means of raking in the big bucks with their mass commercial appeal, but for the first time, they also have the potential for serious critical acclaim. So it should come as little surprise that studios like Marvel, Fox and DC have been setting their sights on Hollywood’s brightest stars.
Today, Variety broke the news that actress Brie Larson is the current front-runner to play the increasingly popular female superhero Captain Marvel in her standalone film. Marvel has yet to address these rumors, but Variety’s source claims that Larson is “leaning toward” taking on the role.
Fresh off her Academy Award-winning performance in Room, 26-year-old Larson has taken the world by storm in recent years after acclaimed performances in multiple genres of film like Short Term 12, 21 Jump Street and Trainwreck.
The Marvel comic book follows Carol Danvers, a young United States Air Force pilot whose human DNA becomes fused with alien Kree genes. As Captain Marvel (formerly Ms. Marvel), she fights off the forces of evil with her newly discovered superhuman powers.
The standalone Captain Marvel movie will be produced by Kevin Feige and penned by Nicole Perlman alongside Inside Out screenwriter Meg LeFauve. There is no word of who Marvel has in mind for the director, but with talent like Larson potentially attached, it shouldn’t be a hard sell for someone really great.
Brie Larson’s next film Kong: Skull Island is currently in post-production and is set to release on March 10, 2017.
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