Brie Larson is one of the fastest rising stars in Hollywood. She won an Academy Award last year for her role in the film ‘Room’. She recently starred in the hit ‘Kong: Skull Island’ and in the recent ‘Free Fire’. She is also busy working on her directorial debut ‘Unicorn Store’. But for comic book fans, the real attraction will be when she takes on the role of Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ before headlining here own solo film.
Larson adorns the cover of the new issue of ‘Vanity Fair’ and of course the article touches on her upcoming Marvel work.
First Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige discussed casting Larson in this important role:
“Captain Marvel has powers that far surpass many of her heroic counterparts, and in order to bring this superhero to life and make her relatable and disarming we needed an actress with both range and humanity. So, like the best of our leading characters who have brought the Marvel Universe to life, Brie possesses the depth and energy that can fuse firepower, guts, and a great story.”
Then Larson herself discussed the process of taking the role. You’d think any actor would leap at a chance to star in a sure-fire hit like this, but Larson has made a name for herself in more serious dramatic fare, so it wasn’t so simple for her.
“It took me a really long time. I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it. Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women—I’ll do it.
“They’ve been very open to hearing my thoughts and my take on it, which has been great. I think that’s why they cast me: I have a lot of similarities to this character and they want me to bring that into the movie.”
Larson is 26 years old so technically Carol Danvers did exist when she was a child, but of course, this version — a movie star– will prove to be much more influential and far-reaching than the comic book character ever has been.
As stated, Larson is on quite a role and has even directed her first movie. Even in this day and age, it’s not always easy for females to succeed in the behind-the-scenes aspects of show business. The struggle to find a director for ‘Captain Marvel’ illustrates that. (They finally selected Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck last week.)
‘Captain Marvel’ directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, starring Brie Larson and (reportedly) Samuel L. Jackson arrives in theaters on March 19, 2018.
What do you think of Brie Larson’s casting? Is she the right person to play ‘Captain Marvel’?
Source: Vanity Fair