Potential ‘Captain Marvel’ Directors Include Jennifer Kent and Niki Caro
Not long ago, Kevin Feige assured fans that Marvel would reveal the director and star of Captain Marvel most likely before the end of summer, if not the fall at the latest. Following yesterday’s report that Oscar-winner Brie Larson is in early talks for the title role comes word of two directors on the list of contenders to helm Marvel’s first solo female superhero film.
Contrary to previous reports that Marvel was eyeing a director and lead actor who share the same first name, Larson has emerged as the frontrunner for the role of Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, while THR reveals two names on the studio’s list of possible directors: Jennifer Kent and Niki Caro.
Kent is best known for the acclaimed Australian horror film The Babadook, an atmospheric familial tale of terror about a widowed mother’s distressed relationship with her young son. The director is also set to helm The Nightingale, a 19th century thriller about a young woman’s quest for revenge across the interior of Tasmania — similar to The Revenant. Caro, on the other hand, directed Whale Rider and recently wrapped production the Jessica Chastain drama The Zookeeper’s Wife. She’s also attached to helm Callas, a biopic of opera star Maria Callas starring Noomi Rapace.
Either director would be an excellent fit for Captain Marvel, which is being scripted by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy). Given Kevin Feige’s promise of an imminent announcement and these recent developments, it looks like we’ll have an official star and director for the highly-anticipated Marvel project sooner rather than later.
Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8, 2019.