It’s common after an Oscar-winning dramatic role for an actress to take an superhero-blockbuster role — see: Halle Berry in Catwoman, Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux, or Natalie Portman in Thor — but Brie Larson looks to be making the most of her post-Room clout.
Close sources revealed to Variety that Larson has entered early talks to play Captain Marvel, one of the comic company’s most popular female superheroes, in a self-titled picture within the “Phase 3” arm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Larson is the studio’s first choice and is interested in the role, according to sources for Entertainment Weekly.
Marvel has not yet confirmed or denied Larson’s involvement, but it makes sense they would be looking to lock down an actress for the role as soon as possible. Captain Marvel was initially supposed to appear in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the lack of an actress forced Joss Whedon to scrap the appearance.
Captain Marvel is slated to hit theatres in March 2019, two years after rival DC’s first female-starring superhero movie, Wonder Woman.
While talks could still fall through — before Benedict Cumberbatch signed onto the upcoming Doctor Strange, after all, Joaquin Phoenix very nearly took the role — Marvel generally offers roles to the actors the studio ultimately meets with, as Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Paul Rudd can attest to.
Larson will next be seen in Free Fire, Basmati Blues, and Kong: Skull Island.