With Brie Larson officially locked in the role of Carol Danvers, better known as superhero headliner Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios is honing in on the right director to helm the studio’s first female-led solo movie. Last week, we learned that the studio has narrowed their directorial search down to three candidates, and now a new report reveals a fourth name in the bunch.
According to Jeff Snider, Electrick Children director Rebecca Thomas has join the fray as a final contender for the gig. Thomas joins the previously reported names, Whale Rider‘s Niki Caro, Seeking a Friend at the End of the World‘s Lorene Scafaria, and regular Homeland helmer (not to mention the director of cult favorite Now and Then), Lesli Linka Glatter. Thomas is the latest addition to the shortlist, which was previously reported to include Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Jennifer Yuh (Kung Fu Panda 2).
If you never saw Electrick Children, but Thomas’ name sounds curiously familiar, that’s likely because she’s already attached to two other major studio films: Universal’s live-action The Little Mermaid, which is set to star Chloe Grace Moretz as well as the John Green adaptation Looking for Alaska for Paramount. However, neither project has the official green light from their respective studios and Captain Marvel is the opportunity of a lifetime, so it’s easy to see why Thomas might jump over to the project should she land the gig.
The studio set Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve and Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman to begin work on the script over a year ago, and while Kevin Feige recently told us to expect a director announcement at the end of Summer, the studio is no doubt taking their time to find the right person to helm what is, not only their first headlining female superhero film, but undoubtedly the start of a franchise and character they hope will become a major player in the post-Infinity War MCU.
And they’ve got the time. While the timing of Larson’s casting all but confirms that we’ll first meet Carol Danvers in Infinity War, Captain Marvel is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 8, 2019.