‘Captain Marvel’ Director Shortlist Includes Lesli Linka Glatter, Lorene Scafaria and Niki Caro
Not long ago, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige assured fans that we’d learn who’s directing and starring in Captain Marvel by the end of the summer, or by fall, at the latest. The studio officially confirmed Brie Larson’s casting last month at Comic-Con, but they still hadn’t found a director for her upcoming solo adventure despite various rumors regarding potential candidates. That might change pretty soon, as the Captain Marvel director shortlist offers a few interesting options.
THR reports that Marvel’s current shortlist for Captain Marvel includes Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria. Caro was previously rumored to be in contention when an earlier report placed her name on a list with Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Jennifer Yuh (Kung Fu Panda 2). Marvel has now narrowed down their original list, and the studio is prepping treatments for the prospective directors to make formal presentations.
Glatter is best known for her work on television, where she’s directed episodes of Mad Men and is an executive producer and regular director on Homeland. Scafaria wrote the screenplay for Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and recently wrote and directed the semi-autobiographical drama The Meddler, starring Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne. Caro helmed the Oscar-nominated indie drama Whale Rider, and directed the upcoming film The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain.
Marvel is committed to finding the right female director to helm the Captain Marvel movie, which has a screenplay by Inside Out scribe Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman, who wrote an early draft of Guardians of the Galaxy. Although the film is set to hit theaters on March 8, 2019, Larson has been confirmed to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, and may make her MCU debut ahead of that film’s 2018 release.