Captain Marvel: Niki Caro And The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent Among Frontrunners To Direct

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Captain Marvel: Niki Caro And The Babadook's Jennifer Kent Among Frontrunners To Direct

Aside from The Inhumans, it was the Marvel project that looked to have slipped toward development limbo after languishing on the brink of production for years, but Captain Marvel has exploded into life. And not a moment to soon.

Just yesterday, we brought you the news that Room breakout and Kong: Skull Island star Brie Larson was in early talks to clinch the title role of Carol Danvers and now, in the same report by THR, it’s been revealed that Niki Caro (Whale Rider, McFarland, USA) and The Babadook‘s Jennifer Kent line the current shortlist of directors.

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Whether Caro or Kent land a deal to spearhead Captain Marvel‘s origins tale will be in told in time, but for now, they’re two of the female filmmakers reportedly in contention. Remaining behind the scenes, Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman were the last scribes to doctor the script, though considering both were appointed more than a year ago, Marvel could draft in some fresh blood in the movie’s meandering path to its 2019 release date.

For those in need of an introduction to Marvel’s prized heroine, Carol Danvers begins life as an esteemed Air Force pilot, whose DNA becomes fused with that of an alien during a freak accident. Once those helixes cross, Danvers eventually becomes Captain Marvel, a superheroine imbued powers of strength, energy projection and flight.

As things stand, Captain Marvel is poised to make its debut on March 8, 2019.