Half Nelson and Mississippi Grind helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are on board to direct Marvel’s next big character introduction after Black Panther, with Marvel chief Kevin Feige producing.
The movie will introduce MCU followers to Larson’s Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with an alien’s DNA after an accident giving her the powers of flight, strength and energy projection.
According to Variety, which broke the casting news, Law will be playing Dr. Walter Lawson, aka Mar-Vell, who becomes a mentor to Carol as she adjusts to her newfound powers. The film will co-star Ben Mendelsohn as the villain.
The most recent screenplay is by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider) working from previous drafts by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman.
Repped by WME, Julian Belfrage Associates and Karl Austen, Law recently signed on for the role of young Albus Dumbledore in Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindenwald and finished Woody Allen’s latest untitled movie and the spy thriller The Rhythm Section with Blake Lively. It’s also thought that Law will return as Mr. Watson in the third Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey, Jr, although there have been few developments on the continuation of that franchise (which is produced by Fantastic Beasts’ Lionel Wigram).
With almost thirty years of acting under his belt, Law is a highly respected actor who received Oscar nominations for Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley, both directed by the late Anthony Minghella. In the last year, Law shifted to television playing the lead role in HBO’s The Young Pope and playing the main villain in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Samuel L. Jackson is also said to be returning as Nick Fury in the movie, which is scheduled for release on March 8, 2019.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor