Captain Marvel finally finds its directors

Half Nelson duo sign up to direct Brie Larson in Captain Marvel

It feels like we’ve been waiting an age to find out who will direct the Captain Marvel film and a choice has finally been made.

Variety reports that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have signed up to bring Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers to life. The site notes that Marvel were “initially courting several women to take the helm” before deciding on Boden and Fleck.

The duo’s best known work is probably Half-Nelson, the excellent drama starring Ryan Gosling as a crack-smoking inner-city high school teacher, which also starred Captain America‘s Anthony Mackie, and which earned Gosling and Oscar nomination.

Their other film work includes the sweet teen drama It’s Kind Of A Funny Story (in which Keir Gilchrist finds himself after he checks into a psychiatric ward with Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts), 2008 sports drama Sugar, and the recent critically acclaimed gambling drama Mississippi Grind, starring Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds. They’ve also worked on TV shows like The Big C, Billions and The Affair.

If you’re wondering why it’s taken so long for Marvel to finally lock in their director choice (Brie Larson was announced as starring back in July last year, after all), Variety says that they “not only wanted to make sure that the search was thorough, but that the script was in the right shape before signing a director.” This is a big one for Marvel, and for all of us, to be fair, as they’re finally delivering their first female superhero movie of the post-Iron Man era.

The script is being written by Guardians Of The Galaxy‘s Nicole Perlman and Inside Out‘s Meg LeFauve.

Boden and Fleck don’t exactly have anything comparable on their CVs in terms of giant action and spectacle, but this choice definitely fits with Marvel’s tendency to pick filmmakers with a strong track record of well-reviewed movies: the Russos, James Gunn, Ryan Coogler, Taika Waititi, etc.

Captain Marvel “follows Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the superpowers of strength, energy projection, and flight.”

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