MANILA, Philippines – Academy Award winner Brie Larson is stepping into the world of superheroes as she is set to play Captain Marvel.
The news was confirmed during her appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego, USA on Saturday, July 23.
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, surprisingly brought out Brie for their traditional group photo at the end of the Marvel Hall H panel.
See this video from Vanity Fair senior writer Joanna Robinson:
Feige makes it official. Introduces Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. pic.twitter.com/M6kOGBIsYC— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) July 24, 2016
Marvel also confirmed the news on social media:
Meet your #CaptainMarvel: @brielarson! pic.twitter.com/SehB9N2aIv— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 24, 2016
Brie also confirmed the news herself by tweeting: “Call me Captain Marvel.”
Call me Captain Marvel. pic.twitter.com/IgqRIb9ijM— Brie Larson (@brielarson) July 24, 2016
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the script will be written by Nicole Perlman of Guardians of the Galaxy and Meg LeFauve of Inside Out fame.
Brie, who appeared in movies such as 21 Jump Street and Trainwreck, was recognized for her role as Joy “Ma” Newsome in the movie Room, which won her an Oscar.
Variety previously reported that she could be tied to the role – even tagged as the frontrunner, albeit with no confirmation.
Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, is a “skilled pilot” and good at hand-to-hand combat – according to her profile on Marvel.com. Her powers include “flight, enhanced strength, durability and the ability to shoot concussive energy bursts from her hands.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, the character almost appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but there was no actress for the role yet.
Captain Marvel is scheduled for a March 2019 release – Rappler.com
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