Marvel Studios is currently narrowing down its search for someone to direct Brie Larson in her first solo outing as ‘Captain Marvel’, but according to fresh reports a newcomer has joined the race.
'Electrick Children’ director Rebecca Thomas is now a potential last minute front-runner, according to film reporter Jeff Sneider on Twitter.
'Captain Marvel’ is set to be the first female-led solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making it one of the most sought-after directing gigs in Hollywood.
Marvel Studios is determined to hire a woman, who would be their first ever female director. The film already has two female writers in 'Inside Out’s Meg LeFauve and 'Guardians of the Galaxy’s Nicole Perlman.
Last week (24 August) three new names joined 'The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent and 'Kung Fu Panda 3’s Jennifer Yuh as contenders.
These were Niki Caro ('Whale Rider’), Lorene Scafaria ('Seeking a Friend at the End of the World’) and Lesli Linka Glatter (who directed multiple episodes of US spy series 'Homeland’).
It’s not clear why Thomas’s name is suddenly in the mix. She has a short film, 'Las Vegas, West’ currently in post-production, but has reportedly been in the running for Disney’s live action 'The Little Mermaid’ which could have given her the opportunity to pitch of 'Captain Marvel’.
Whoever eventually gets the gig, it’ll be an enormous undertaking. Larson is likely to make her debut in 2018’s 'Avengers: Infinity War’ and will be central to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it enters Phase Four following the conclusion of that story.
With Larson on board and two very accomplished writers handling the script, which ever director is hired will be taking charge of a very promising project.
'Captain Marvel’ is set for release in March 2019.
Picture Credits: Marvel / Twitter