Marvel Studios Hall H Panel

Who will direct Brie Larson in "Captain Marvel," the first standalone Marvel movie starring a female superhero?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios has narrowed down the list to three women: Niki Caro ("Whale Rider"), Lesli Linka Glatter ("Homeland"), and Lorene Scafaria ("Seeking a Friend For the End of the World").

Marvel made a conscious effort to choose a female director. Jennifer Kent ("The Babadook") and Jennifer Yuh ("Kung Fu Panda 2") were also reportedly considered.

But the studio won't make a decision anytime soon, THR notes, since the movie has a release date of March 2019. The next step is to see detailed presentations from directorial candidates.

Larson is starring as Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who gains superpowers after an accident involving an alien. However, her origin story may be tweaked by screenwriters Nicole Perlman ("Guardians of the Galaxy") and Meg LeFauve ("Inside Out").

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