DeWanda Wise has been forced to leave the production of ‘Captain Marvel’ due to a scheduling conflict. Though Wise has worked extensively in TV and has even starred on the series ‘Underground’ and ‘Shots Fired’, she really gained notoriety for starring on Netflix’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ created by Spike Lee, based on his 1986 dramatic film. It may have been Wise’s breakthrough performance as lead character Nola Darling that landed her the ‘Captain Marvel’ gig, but it’s also what’s forcing her to leave. Just as she accepted the role in ‘Captain Marvel’ in January, Netflix renewed ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ for a second season. Now she must leave the Marvel movie to return to her series.
Wise’s role was never officially confirmed, but sources reported that she was playing Monica Rambeau, technically the second Marvel hero to go by the name Captain Marvel after the death of the first, Mar-Vell. Rambeau now goes by Spectrum, while Carol Danvers, the lead character in the movie, now uses the Captain Marvel code name.
‘Captain Marvel’ will be directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, based on a script by Meg Lefauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Brie Larson headlines the cast as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, while the cast also includes Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Ben Mendelsohn possibly as Yon-Rog, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, and Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva.
The film will be set in the 1990s and may explain how Nick Fury lost his eye. The film is expected to borrow from the ‘Avengers’ storyline ‘The Kree/Skrull War’.
It’s unknown how large a role Wise was supposed to play in the movie, but presumably, her part will be recast. More info as it becomes known.
‘Captain Marvel’ will hit theaters on March 8, 2019.