Directors Chosen for ‘Captain Marvel’

The search for who will take Carol Danvers to the big screen is over.

Marvel Studios has announced Captain Marvel, set to star Brie Larson in the lead role, will be directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Boden and Fleck come from dramatic, much smaller-scale fare. The directing duo’s previous feature credits include Sugar, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Mississippi Grind. They both also wrote the Ryan Gosling-starring drama Half Nelson, which Fleck directed. Boden will be the first female director to helm a chapter in the MCU.

Marvel stated:

Carol Danvers has a very nuanced, powerful story, so Marvel took time selecting the final directing duo. But ultimately Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s diverse body of work and ability and focus on character made the choice a winning one. Each of their films exhibit nuanced, fascinating performances and a deeply-felt sense of character, all which will fuel the pairs passion around telling Carol Danvers’ Story.

The studio had long been searching for a female filmmaker to helm the female-centric tentpole. Among the many contenders named during the search were Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Lucia Aniello (Rough Night), Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook).

Captain Marvel, written by Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Nicole Perlman and Inside Out‘s Meg LeFauve, is scheduled to open in the US on March 8, 2019.