Marvelous news for fans of Marvel's Captain Marvel!
According to Variety, Brie Larson is in early talks to play Carol Danvers in the upcoming superhero flick Captain Marvel, reportedly beating off numerous performers for the highly sought-after role.
There's a lot of pressure riding on the success of Captain Marvel, the first solo female movie of the MCU, especially after how the events in Civil War lead into Captain Marvel's storyline, so it's reassuring that the studio have set their sights high with this kind of prestigious casting. Larson could have her pick of projects right now following her Oscar win for Room, so it's intriguing to see what the dramatic actress could bring to this coveted superhero role.
As if that wasn't exciting enough, the announcement also suggested that two extremely impressive female talents could be lined up to direct Larson in the role of Carol Danvers.
Of the two, Kiwi filmmaker Niki Caro is more experienced, earning the actresses of both Whale Rider and North Country a lead nomination at the Oscars, but genre fans may be more excited about the second name thrown into the ring — Jennifer Kent.
Aussie director Kent only has one film credit to date, but when your debut just so happens to be one of the most critically-acclaimed horror films ever made, scoring an impressive 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, it suddenly makes sense that studios like Marvel would be keen to hire you.
The horror of The Babadook and the space-bound heroics of Captain Marvel may seem worlds apart, but Kent's already proven that she can tell a fantastical story with an extremely human, grounded approach and this is exactly what Marvel needs in order to make Danver's intergalactic exploits relatable for audiences.
Before DC handed over the reigns of Wonder Woman to Breaking Bad's Michelle MacLaren, Kent had previously met with executives at Warner Bros. regarding a potential directing gig.
While we would love to see Kent's take on the Amazonian princess, we're also extremely excited at the rumored prospect of seeing her helm Captain Marvel, a lesser-known property that the Aussie filmmaker can really put her own unique stamp on.
Whether Kent is ultimately chosen to helm Captain Marvel or not, the studio seem to be taking care to ensure that their first female-led venture is one of their best yet, so we absolutely cannot wait until the film finally hits theaters on July 6, 2018.
Hopefully Iron Man will be a bit nicer to Carol in Avengers: Infinity War then he is here in this clip.