Rumor: Brie Larson Is The Frontrunner To Play Captain Marvel. | Gradient

Rumor: Brie Larson is the frontrunner to play Captain Marvel.

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Getting cast in a Marvel movie is basically a rite of passage for young Hollywood at this point, and few Hollywood castings have been covered as thoroughly as the hunt for Captain Marvel, who will be the lead of Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie in 2019 (only eleven years after Iron Man!). A lot of rumors have been thrown around for who will land the role, but one name appears to be leading the pack: Oscar winner Brie Larson.

There’s not much to go on, but Variety has confirmed that Larsen “is in early talks….It is unknown where things stand in negotiations, but sources have told Variety that Larson is the first choice, and that she’s leaning toward playing the part.”


If true, it’s a good move. Larson’s star is on the rise. She got her start in supporting roles like 21 Jump Street and Scott Pilgrim VS. the World and then started really turning heads in Short Term 12 and winning an Oscar for the excellent Room. At this point, she’s more of a formidable talent than a major star, but Marvel has tended to gravitate towards lesser-known actors (Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen were all flying under the radar before Marvel scooped them up, and Robert Downey Jr. was largely considered to be past his expiration date). Larson fits their M.O.  

In the comics, Captain Marvel is Carol Danvers, an Army security chief who gets exposed to some alien technology that turns her into a superhero. If Larson’s cast, she’ll be a superhero in her own right — finally bringing a woman out of the supporting role and into the spotlight of a Marvel film. High time.

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