That’s right, before the Captain Marvel movie even starts shooting, it already has an Academy Award. And that’s thanks to the spot-on Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel casting of Brie Larson. If you don’t remember, Larson won the Academy Award for Best Actress last year for her strong performance in “Room” (which if you haven’t seen already, you definitely should.) And, according to what Marvel President Kevin Feige said to the folks at CinemaBlend, she had a high bar to clear:
“Listen, we set the bar very high with the first casting decision we ever made with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Since then, every single choice we’ve made, we have asked, ‘Could it meet that bar?’ Because that is what people expect of us, and that is what … it’s a very high bar. Carol Danvers needs to be as rich and textured and real as the best of our characters. Maybe even more so. And we got very lucky that Brie — who has all of those attributes, and an Academy Award now — was still very interested in signing up and joining us to bring this character to life.”
Reasons Why The Captain Marvel Casting is Perfect
OK, so she’s got an Academy Award, and Feige’s approval, but here are three more reasons why this is a great piece of casting.
Brie Larson Has Strong Dramatic Acting Skills
Right, the Academy Award already confirmed this, but it’s absolutely deserved. Brie Larson’s performance in Room is at once shattering and reaffirming. It’s absolutely not an easy role to bring to life, and she does so with amazing talent. As Captain Marvel, she may not be called on to deliver a performance with equivalent complexity or depth, but this kind of talent will help her deliver a more nuanced performance as Danvers.
Brie Larson Can Make Us Laugh
Brie Larson first came to many people’s attention in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World as one of Scott’s exes, Envy Adams. She was funny, dynamite in red stiletto boots, and is better than most of us (because being vegan makes you better than most people.) Her performance in 21 Jump Street was a riot, and she handily stole scenes from Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, especially when she was on “HFS.” And in Trainwreck, she proved that she can blend the drama and comedy, lending strength and depth to what could have been a one-note role.
Brie Larson Has The Look
Brie Larson has the look for Captain Marvel. And not just the traditional, longer haired Captain Marvel look. She could also carry off the Mohawk, should they decide to go that direction.
So, all in all, the Captain Marvel casting is off to a great start with Brie Larson. The movie isn’t set to arrive until March 8, 2019 (it was originally scheduled for 2018, but was pushed back). The Captain Marvel movie is being written by two talented female screenwriters, Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman. And while you may not recognize the names, LeFauve wrote on Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur for Pixar, and Perlman co-wrote Guardians of the Galaxy with James Gunn and served as a script doctor for Thor. And though no director has been announced yet, but there is word that Marvel will follow Wonder Woman’s lead, and hire a female director for Captain Marvel. Angelina Jolie has even been rumored to be a candidate for the project.
So, what do you think of the news? Are you excited for Brie Larson as Captain Marvel?
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