Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel movie is going to be a pretty big deal, not only because it’s Marvel’s first ever female-led superhero movie. It also stars Brie Larson, who is perhaps Hollywood’s most exponentially rising star. Larson recently talked a bit about the role and how she’s been working with Marvel to create the character of Carol Danvers.

For Vanity Fair’s May cover story, the whole of which is worth a read, Larson inevitably answered some questions about her biggest starring role to date. When she first heard that she was offered the part, accepting it was a tough decision for her to make because Marvel forbade her to tell anyone.

It took me a really long time. I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it. Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women—I’ll do it.

Marvel has also been good about working with her on this character.

They’ve been very open to hearing my thoughts and my take on it, which has been great. I think that’s why they cast me: I have a lot of similarities to this character and they want me to bring that into the movie.

Vanity Fair also spoke with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, who told the publication how perfect Larson is for the role.

Captain Marvel has powers that far surpass many of her heroic counterparts, and in order to bring this superhero to life and make her relatable and disarming we needed an actress with both range and humanity. So, like the best of our leading characters who have brought the Marvel Universe to life, Brie possesses the depth and energy that can fuse firepower, guts, and a great story.

From what we’ve seen of Larson onscreen, Feige is right on the money. Captain Marvel will begin production February 2018.

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