Now that Brie Larson is officially on board to star as the title character in “Captain Marvel,” Marvel Studios is on the hunt for a director. According to The Hollywood Reporter, three directors have made it onto the studio’s shortlist: Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria.
The report states that “a decision won’t be made anytime soon as Marvel is being very deliberate in its search.” Nonetheless, Marvel is circling Caro, Glatter and Scafaria, and there may even be another in the running; on Twitter, Variety‘s Justin Kroll teased, “You’re missing one” in response to the report, but refused to clarify. Marvel had no comment when reached by THR.
Caro, Glatter and Scafaria were chosen from a candidate pool that included “The Babadook’s” Jennifer Kent as well as “Kung Fu Panda 2” director Jennifer Yuh.
Caro’s work includes “Whale Rider,” which finds a young Maori girl struggling to overcome the outdated traditions of her patriarchal New Zealand tribe in order to be the new chief. She also worked with Charlize Theron on “North Country” as well as Jessica Chastain in “McFarland, USA.”
Glatter is also no stranger to directing women in lead roles. She is best known for her work on “Homeland,” which landed her a nomination for outstanding director in a drama series for the 2016 Emmy Awards. Her past credits also include “Mad Men,” “House,” “ER,” “Heroes,” “Freaks and Geeks” and many more.
Unlike the two other candidates, Scafaria doesn’t have as many directing credits to her name; while she directed and wrote “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” her only other feature credit is 2015’s “The Meddler.” She’s directed episodes of “New Girl” and wrote “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist” as well as an episode of “Children’s Hospital.”
Starring Brie Larson and written by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve, “Captain Marvel” is scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 8, 2019.
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