Last month at SDCC ’16, Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson was introduced to fans as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, one of Marvel’s most iconic characters. With a solo film scheduled to release on March 8, 2019 and one of Hollywood’s best young actresses on board as the star, Marvel Studios is now shortening its list of potential directors for the film. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, that list is at least partially composed of Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria. The report notes that that list is neither final nor comprehensive and, in fact, reporter Justin Kroll chimed in to tell THR’s Borys Kit that he was “missing one” from his list.
Caro certainly boasts an impressive filmography, especially in giving a voice to women. Her 2002 film Whale Rider was heavily praised by critics and received nearly 2 dozen award nominations. The film, which follows a young girl raised in a strict patriarchy who finds the strength to become a leader despite a generational push against her. Caro also worked with Charlize Theron, an actress many hoped might portray Captain Marvel, on North Country, which dealt with intense issues surrounding rape and sexual harassment.
Glatter may be familiar to fans for her work on Showtime’s incredibly popular series Homeland. Glatter has also worked on Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, Twin Peaks, Ray Donovan, True Blood and The Walking Dead. While her film resume doesn’t compare to Caro’s, she certainly has worked on a variety of popular TV series and her ability to do character driven work doesn’t seem in question.
The final director on the shortlist, Scafaria, is relatively new to the director’s chair, having made her film directorial debut with 2012’s Seeking a Friend For the End of the World. The follow-up to that film, The Meddler, received high critical praise for its portrayal of the mother-daughter dynamic. Though Scafaria has a shorter resume, Marvel’s recent history would suggest that doesn’t rule her out as a candidate.
These 3 and the rest on the list are expected to meet with Marvel again to present their vision based on the current script from writers Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve. With the film dropping in March of 2019, it would fall in line with past precedent to have a director in place around March of 2017, giving them two years to work with the writers and casting department.