Back in April, it was reported that Marvel Studios was looking at an actress and director that shared a first name for their upcoming first female-led title, Captain Marvel. Most assumed this meant Emily Carmichael, who’d been rumored for the gig at one point, and Emily Blunt, however, a few – including us – figured a more likely pairing would be Rebecca Thomas and Rebecca Ferguson. After all, both Thomas and Ferguson are on the rise in Hollywood. Thomas, who was once set to direct Looking for Alaska for Fox, and is set to direct The Little Mermaid for Universal, is clearly grabbing a ton of interest from various studios. And although neither Carmichael or Thomas were named as contenders when the shortlist dropped last week, it appears that Thomas was, in fact, the director Jeff Sneider was referring to in his original rumor and that she is, in fact, still in the mix.

This means that the current shortlist is made up of Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, Lorene Scafaria, and Rebecca Thomas. It’s an interesting list of female directors, and I’d honestly be pleased with any of these ladies helping to bring Carol to life on the big screen. With Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) seemingly out of the mix now, though, I’m hoping Niki Caro lands the job. Caro not only deserves a chance to direct a huge blockbuster like this but has proven herself capable of directing excellent films as showcased in her past work.

Captain Marvel is set to hit the big screen on March 8th, 2019.

Source: Jeff Sneider.