Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey has lost the chance to play Captain Marvel to academy award-winning actress Brie Larson but she probably will just shrug it off.
Rousey expressed her interest in playing the superheroine role last year, but Marvel gave it to Larson. Nonetheless, the MMA fighter still has plenty of Hollywood gigs on her plate. She is currently busy with the Road House remake and several other projects.
Meanwhile, Marvel made the announcement of Larson being the new member of MCU during the studio’s Hall H panel at the recent San Diego Comic Con 2016. The members of the audience warmly received the actress.
Larson will be playing Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel. Many believe the Kong: Skull Island actress is the best choice for the role including comic writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, who changed Carol’s title from Ms. to Captain and wrote the Captain Marvel debut from 2012 to 2015.
DeConnick admitted that she has another actress in mind but she is still thrilled to see Larson wearing the suit. “My dream casting—or the actor who is the voice in my head—is Kathleen Turner from about 1983. She could be both sexy and awkward and powerful. She could do all of those things at once. From what I can tell, Brie Larson can do those things too. She has a gravitas and she has a power to her. But you can see she also has a sense of humor and playfulness there. I’m psyched,” she told Vanity Fair.
Larson won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for leading actress for her portrayal as Ma in the award-winning film Room in 2015.
Kevin Feige and his team are still searching for someone who will helm the Captain Marvel movie. The team is apparently choosing from a shortlist of 10 names that includes Sherlock and The Flash director Rachel Talalay.
Captain Marvel will be the first time that a female superhero will lead a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Rumors of a Black Widow solo film have been swirling around for a while now. However, Marvel has yet to confirm if they are making a film about Scarlett Johansson’s character.
Captain Marvel is expected to hit theaters on March 8, 2019.