With Brie Larson all set to play Captain Marvel, the very first Marvel Cinematic Universe film with a solo female lead, the hunt has been on to get a team together to actually make the film. Marvel are known for their careful decision making and it looks like they’re coming close to deciding on a director.
Brie Larson made a massive name for herself in last year’s Room and has now made waves after the announcement was made at this year’s San Diego Comic Con that she is to play Carol Danvers, AKA: Captain Marvel. She is going to be working off of a script written by two very talented Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy).
Marvel have been on the hunt for a director for the film and have made it very clear from the get-go that they were going to be doing this right with female writers and a female director. With the writers already nailed down we now look at their shortlist of directors. The current top contenders are Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria.
Niki Caro (pictured left) is known for 2002’s Oscar nominated Whale Rider and the rape drama North Country which starred Charlize Theron. Most recently she has done The Zookeeper’s Wife which starred Jessica Chastain so she’s clearly no stranger when it comes to working with high-profile actors and knows how to make some hard-hitting drama.
Lesli Linka Glatter (pictured right) comes from a more TV based background, a much better industry for women directors, but has some very promising work under her belt. She is the primary director on the popular spy thriller series Homeland for which she is Emmy nominated. Not only this but she has directing credits for Ray Donovan, The Newsroom, True Blood, Mad Men, ER and The West Wing. Clearly, she knows her thrilling TV so if she could bring that to the silver screen we’d all be in for a treat.
Finally, Lorene Scafaria (pictured left) comes a little from the left-field in this shortlist. She comes from a writing background, having written Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Her directorial debut was Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, which starred Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, and this year she wrote and directed The Meddler starring Rose Byrne and Susan Sarandon. So a little different from her two other rivals but some solid work.
Insiders of the Marvel process have revealed that the next stage is for the directors, should they be interested in the project, to be given a treatment and other documents on the film to give a detailed presentation of how they would tackle the film. We suspect that the three directors will all go for the project as the chance to really cement a strong and well-founded lead female character in the MCU which we are lacking in (Black Widow, Pepper Potts and Scarlet Witch don’t fall into the leading role category I’m afraid).
Captain Marvel is scheduled to fly into cinemas on 8th March 2019 as a part of Phase Three of the MCU.