Marvel has been searching long and hard for the right director to helm their Captain Marvel film, which is set to star Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island, 21 Jump Street) as Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA is accidentally fused with an alien’s, imbuing her with superhuman strength, energy projection, and flight. Like Warner Bros. (who tapped Patty Jenkins to direct the upcoming Wonder Woman), the focus has been on finding a female director to lead the project, whose script was written by Nicole Perlman (who co-wrote Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur).
According to a report by Variety, the studio has brought on indie filmmaking duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to direct the film, beating out previously rumored contenders Angelina Jolie (By the Sea, Unbroken), Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country) & screenwriter Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising). The two have helmed some really good character-driven films such as Mississippi Grind, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Sugar, in addition to episodes of The Big C, The Affair & Billions. They also worked together on Half Nelson starring Ryan Gosling, which Fleck directed and Bozen wrote. And while some feminists and their allies may be disappointed that a solo female director wasn’t hired, those credentials alone make them solid choices for the Job. I see them making an impact like the Russo Brothers did with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. With its premire just over two years away, expect some story details and additional casting to hit the web any day now.
Captain Marvel is currently scheduled to release on March8,2019.