Rogue One’s Ben Mendelsohn in Talks for Captain Marvel Villain

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are in talks with their Mississippi Grind star Ben Mendelsohn to play the Captain Marvel villain, according to Variety. He would be joining Brie Larson, who plays the title role in the Marvel Studios film.

The trade says that Mendelsohn’s Captain Marvel villain will likely be the leader of the alien race The Skrulls. The Bloodline actor played Orson Krennic in Rogue One and will appear in the upcoming Ready Player One and Robin Hood as well.

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Geneva Robertson-Dworet (upcoming Tomb Raider and Gotham City Sirens) wrote the most recent draft of the script. Writers Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) wrote the first draft of the feature.

It was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con that Captain Marvel will include Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, who will instead have both of his eyes in the feature because it will be set in the early ’90s.

Kevin Feige will produce the film. Marvel Studios’ Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz serve as Executive Producers alongside Stan Lee.

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In the regular Marvel Comics continuity, Carol Danvers made her first appearance in 1968’s Marvel Super-Heroes #13. A Security Chief in the US air force, Danvers would later be transformed into the superhero Ms. Marvel following an explosion involving Kree technology. More recently, Danvers took on the identity of Captain Marvel after being “promoted” to the moniker of the former Kree superhero.

Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters on March 8, 2019 and will begin production next year in Los Angeles, California.

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