Academy Award-winning Room actress Brie Larson is in talks to play the title role in Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel movie, according to Variety. Larson is reportedly the studio's first choice, with the actress "leaning towards playing the part." No mention is made of other contenders for the role. Earlier this year, Newsarama pegged the 26-year-old actress as one of the top candidates to play Captain Marvel
According to Variety, the Captain Marvel film "follows Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the super powers of strength, energy project and flight."
In comic books, the alien is the original Captain Marvel, the Kree man known as Mar-Vell. The Kree have already been established in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Guardians of the Galaxy's Ronan the Accuser, and extensively in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Although the Captain Marvel movie isn't scheduled for release until 2019, the Hollywood trade reports that the Disney-owned studio wants to cast the role early for possible inclusion in a earlier movie a la Spider-Man and Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War.
The actress is perhaps best known to genre audiences for playing Envy Adams in 2010's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which coincidentally starred Marvel's other Captain, Captain America, a.k.a. Chris Evans. Larson also had roles in 21 Jump Street, Trainwreck, and the aforementioned Room. She is currently filming Kong: Skull Island with MCU veterans Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston.
Captain Marvel is scheduled to open in theaters March 8, 2018.