At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Elizabeth Wood premiered her feature-length debut drama “White Girl,” about partying college girl Leah (Morgan Saylor) who starts seeing Blue (Brian “Sene” Marc), a young drug dealer whom she helps sell his product to her affluent classmates; when Blue gets arrested and Leah is left with a hefty amount of his cocaine, she has to decide whether she should sell it to save him or just use it herself. The film garnered some controversy for depicting sex and drug use involving naive youths, nevertheless it was soon picked up by FilmRise for U.S. distribution and set to be released in late summer or early fall. Now, We Got This Covered reports that Wood is in talks to direct the upcoming Marvel property “Captain Marvel,” a female-led superhero film about Carol Danvers, a United States Air Force member whose human genes are fused with those of an alien race. Their sources say that she recently had a meeting with Marvel representative to talk about helming the project, and that the meeting was set up by her husband Gabriel Nussbaum, who has produced all of Wood’s projects.
Wood began writing the screenplay for “White Girl” before she attending Columbia University’s screenwriting MFA program; she loosely based the film on her own life. Other producers on the film include Christine Vachon, who has worked with Todd Haynes, Larry Clark and Mary Harron, as well as the directorial team Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost (“Catfish”). Saylor is best known for her role as Dana Brody in the Showtime drama “Homeland.”
“Captain Marvel” is schedule for a March 18, 2019 release.