One of the most exciting Marvel news this year at Comic-Con was the announcement that Brie Larson would be joining the MCU as Captain Marvel. The superhero film won’t be released until 2019 but Marvel Studios is carefully searching for the prefect female director to take on the reigns; and it’s looking like it has a group of very talented women on their top-three list.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Meddler” helmer Lorene Scafaria, “Whale Rider’s” Niki Caro and Lesli Linka Glatter, who is the main director on “Homeland,” are frontrunners to direct Marvel’s first female-centered superhero movie, “Captain Marvel.”
Aside from her breakout film “Whale Rider,” the Oscar-nominated Caro is known for her drama “North County” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” Scafaria made her feature directorial debut with “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” and wrote the cheeky film “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” As for Glatter, her work hails from the television world and credits include “True Blood,” “The Newsroom” and “Mad Men.”
For those unfamiliar with Captain Marvel, the story follow Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who gains powers after her DNA becomes fused with an alien after an accident. The film’s script was written by “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Nicole Perlman and “Inside Out’s” Meg LeFauve.
Since the announcement of “Captain Marvel,” the studio has made it their mission to find a female director for the film. Their next step in their search is to give the directors a treatment and documents in order to prepare a detailed presentation.
It was previously rumored that “White Girl” director Elizabeth Wood was also in talks and as well as Jennifer Kent, known for her indie horror film “The Babadook,” and Jennifer Yuh, director of “Kung Fu Panda 2.” Though, THR’s sources did mention that there may be more names that may surface since Marvel is being very deliberate in its search.
“Captain Marvel” is scheduled to hit theaters on March 8, 2019.