Marvel is narrowing its choices of directors for the ‘Captain Marvel’ movie which isn’t due until 2019, but Academy Award winner Brie Larsen has already been cast as the title character and will to make her debut in the role in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. Meg LeFauve provided the current script.
Marvel specifically wants a female director, similar to Warner Brothers, who selected Patty Jenkins to helm its ‘Wonder Woman’ movie which will be released next year.
The first candidate reportedly up for the job is Niki Caro, director of ‘MacFarlane, U.S.A.’, ‘North Country’ (which starred Charlize Theron, who was at one point reportedly under consideration to play ‘Captain Marvel’) and the Academy Award-nominated ‘Whale Rider’ as well as the upcoming period drama ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ which stars Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl (Baron Zemo in ‘Captain America: Civil War’).
The second director that is said to be in contention is Lesli Linka Glatter. Glatter directed the classic 1995 film ‘Now and Then’ starring Demi Moore, Rosie O’Donnell and Christina Ricci. But the majority of her work has been in television, working on some of the most acclaimed shows in history, going all the way back to ‘Twin Peaks’ in the 80s and including ‘Mad Men’, ‘True Blood’, ‘Freaks and Geeks’, ‘The West Wing’, ‘ER’, ‘House’ and most recently ‘Homeland’.
The third name on the list is Lorene Scafaria who directed ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightly and last year’s ‘The Meddler’ with Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons. Like Glatter, she has also worked in television, having helmed three episodes of ‘The New Girl’.
Variety’s Justin Kroll also teased, via Twitter, that a fourth director is also in the running:
@Borys_Kit You’re missing one
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) August 24, 2016
Unfortunately, we don’t know who he is referencing.
Should this list prove to be correct, Caro, Glatter and Scafaria topped previously rumored candidates Elizabeth Wood (‘White Girl’), Jennifer Kent (‘The Babadook’), Jennifer Yuh (‘Kung Fu Panda 2’) and even Angelina Jolie (‘By The Sea’).
Whoever lands the gig, ‘Captain Marvel’ is set to hit theaters on March 8, 2019.
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter