Brie Larson has spoken of her excitement at taking the title role in the upcoming ‘Captain Marvel,’ and declares the film will carry an “undeniably important” message.
Appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival in promotion of her new movie ‘Free Fire,’ the 26-year old American actress spoke to the Toronto Sun about what drew her to the role of Carol Danvers, USAF pilot-turned-cosmic superheroine – and indeed, what generally draws her to the roles she chooses.
“I have very specific reasons for doing film, and they don’t have to do with me or getting my face plastered on more objects.
“It’s about the material. And movies live on and can be places I can’t, and I want to be conscious about what it is that I’m presenting to the world, and what those representations of life are, and how they’re being shared.
“And obviously Marvel is such an incredible platform to be able to share in storytelling… I think what ‘Captain Marvel’ represents, and what this film is shaping up to be, has a message that’s undeniably important to the world right now.”
The actress elaborated on this in another TIFF interview with Space Channel:
“The thing that’s been the most exciting now is on social media I get sent a lot of pictures of young girls in the Captain Marvel costume and I’m excited to see more of that. She’s such a great symbol for young girls, and realizing what a deficit we have, that we don’t have more of those.
“I think it’s really cool to see a girl in a Batman costume or a Spider-Man costume, but I’m really excited that there’s a symbol of women. I think that’s really important.”
Due in 2019, ‘Captain Marvel’ will be the first film from the comic book movie pioneers to be headlined by a solo female superhero. ‘Room’ Oscar-winner Larson was revealed as their casting in the role at this summer’s San Diego Comic Con, beating out fan favourites like Emily Blunt and Natalie Dormer.
Marvel also plan to hire a female director, although they have not yet made their choice. The screenplay is from Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve.
Speculation remains rife that, prior to the ‘Captain Marvel’ movie, Larson may make her debut as Carol Danvers in another Marvel feature, possibly ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – but this remains conjecture.
In the meantime, Larson can next be seen in ‘Kong: Skull Island,’ opening 10 March 2017.
‘Free Fire,’ meanwhile, gets its UK premiere on 16 October at the London Film Festival, before going on general release from 31 March 2017.
Picture Credit: WENN, Marvel, Twitter/Brie Larson