June 2, 2016


Brie Larson Is Leading the Race to Play 'Captain Marvel'

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Oscar-winner Brie Larson might just be a superhero in due time.  

Variety revealed Wednesday that Captain Marvel is moving along, and that Larson is currently in talks to land the leading role. There's no director attached to the film yet, which is having its script penned by Nicole Perlman and Inside Out writer Meg LeFauve. 

Captain Marvel will be the comic book company's first film to cast a female in the lead role. It's the story of Carol Danvers, an air force pilot whose DNA is fused with an alien's during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the super powers of strength, energy project and flight. 

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Marvel has been searching for a female director to manage the project, floating names like Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Niki Caro (Whale Rider, McFarland, USA) as possible contenders. 

Larson won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2016 for her performance in Room.