As Brie Larson prepares to soar as Captain Marvel on the big screen, the actor is also readying an attack against Hollywood's lack of diversity when it comes to the press.
In a new interview for Marie Claire, Larson talked about portraying Carol Danvers, and how she hopes the character will continue to push the conversation for more representation on the big screen. However, it was her comments regarding the press and the lack of inclusiveness that really stood out.
The interviewer -- Keah Brown -- noted that Larson had specifically requested them to interview her, noting how unusual it was, saying, "Nobody usually wants to take a chance on a disabled journalist. I’d love to know what your particular reasons were."
"About a year ago, I started paying attention to what my press days looked like and the critics reviewing movies, and noticed it appeared to be overwhelmingly white male," Larson responded. "So, I spoke to Dr Stacy Smith at the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who put together a study to confirm that. Moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive. After speaking with you, the film critic Valerie Complex and a few other women of colour, it sounded like across the board they weren’t getting the same opportunities as others. When I talked to the facilities that weren’t providing it, they all had different excuses."
While Larson's comments may draw backlash, she's simply asking for more representation among the press. As Larson notes, it's only fair that the push for diversity continues beyond the big screen to those reporting on the very films being made for larger audiences. After all, the more diverse the voices, the better.
Current tracking indicates Captain Marvel will earn more than $100 million over its opening weekend, which would make it one of the most successful Marvel Cinematic Universe debut's ever.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos and Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau. The film arrives on March 8.