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‘Captain Marvel’: Jennifer Kent And Niki Caro Eyed To Direct

Brie Larson is in talks to play the Marvel superhero.

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News broke out this week that Oscar winner Brie Larson is the frontrunner to play Marvel Studio’s superhero Captain Marvel, now the company is looking for female helmers to direct the upcoming film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources say that Marvel is eyeing Jennifer Kent and Niki Caro to direct the female-centric action-flick.

Both women are great frontrunners for the role. Caro is known for her 2002 breakout film “Whale Rider,” “North Country” starring Charlize Theron and the Disney sports drama “McFarland, USA.” She is currently in post-production on “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” an adaptation of the novel of the same name starring Jessica Chastain and is developing a biopic based on the opera singer Maria Callas, played by Noomi Rapace.

Kent’s 2014 breakout hit was the thriller “The Babadook,” which solidified her as an up-and-coming director. According to IMDB, she is developing a feature titled “The Nightingale” about a young convict woman seeking revenge for the murder of her father.

Currently the script for “Captain Marvel” is being penned by Meg LeFauve, who co-wrote Pixar’s  “Inside Out,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” co-writer Nicole Perman.

The story of Captain Marvel centers around Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who receives powers from an encounter with the alien Kree Empire. At this point Larson is not yet confirmed to take on the role. The film has a release date of March 8, 2019, giving it some time to further scout for directors and confirm the lead.

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