Jude Law to Star Opposite Brie Larson in Captain Marvel

Variety reports that Captain Marvel has found its male lead to star opposite Brie Larson with Jude Law taking on the role. Law will reportedly take on the role of Doctor Walter Lawson, a mentor character to Larson’s titular hero after she gains her super powers. In the pages of Marvel comics, the original Captain Marvel character (a Kree warrior known as Mar-Vell) took on the identity of Doctor Lawson as his secret identity as he hid out on Earth. Variety reports that Law’s character will also be Mar-Vell in the upcoming film.

Law joins a cast that also includes Ben Mendelsohn as the villain of the film, likely to be the leader of the alien race The Skrulls, and Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role of Nick Fury (albeit with two eyes this time, because the film will be set in the early ’90s).

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Mississippi Grind‘s Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will direct. 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. 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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