The helm of Marvel Studios’ first solo female superhero movie is now in the hands of not one, but two directors. According to Variety, Marvel has hired Mississippi Grind directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to direct the live-action Captain Marvel movie starring Brie Larson.
Marvel had reportedly been meeting with Boden and Fleck, as well as other potential directors, for months, but waited to make an announcement until the script being written by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) was in good shape. The movie will tell the story of Air Force pilot Carol Danvers, who gains superpowers after her DNA becomes fused with that of an alien.
For her part, Larson wants to use her role as Capt. Marvel to create a dialogue about femininity:
Aside from the fact that it’s iconic to be part of this, to be playing the first female [lead] in a solo [Marvel] movie, I think for me personally one of the things I’m excited about is the idea of female complexity. That’s what I’ve wanted to bring to every genre and every film that I’ve done. How can we come to understand the mystique of being female?
Captain Marvel is expected to go into production in February 2018. It is slated for release on March 8, 2019.