Oscar-winning “Room” and “Kong: Skull Island” actress Brie Larson is back in cinemas with “Free Fire” this week and will soon make her directorial debut on the project “Unicorn Store”.
However, the one thing she’s mostly known for amongst certain circles of fandom is that she’s been cast as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, in the upcoming Marvel Studios film – making her the first female character to lead her own solo film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Larson discusses why she accepted the role of the powerful space-faring superhero and what it means to her:
“It took me a really long time. I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it.
Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women—I’ll do it.
[Marvel has] been very open to hearing my thoughts and my take on it, which has been great. I think that’s why they cast me: I have a lot of similarities to this character and they want me to bring that into the movie.”
The magazine also asked Kevin Feige about Larson, and he explained why the studio cast her in the role:
“Captain Marvel has powers that far surpass many of her heroic counterparts, and in order to bring this superhero to life and make her relatable and disarming we needed an actress with both range and humanity. So, like the best of our leading characters who have brought the Marvel Universe to life, Brie possesses the depth and energy that can fuse firepower, guts, and a great story.”
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are helming the film which will premiere March 2019, though we are expected to first see her in character in next year’s “Avengers: Infinity War”.