Sources tell Variety Larson is in early talks to play Captain Marvel, one of Marvel’s most popular female superheroes, in an upcoming standalone film. It’s unknown where negotiations stand, but sources have told Variety that Larson is their first choice, and that she’s leaning toward playing the part.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has found its director for its feature The Flash starring Ezra Miller. The studio has chosen Rick Famuyiwa, the up-and-coming director who on the feature front most recently helmed the Sundance pic Dope, which he scripted. He will step in and direct the film that Warner Bros has slotted for release on March 16, 2018. Miller is in starmaking mode at the studio in the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and also had a cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and will appear in The Justice League Part One. They will work out a deal quickly.
Famuiywa is receiving strong Emmy-season buzz for directing Confirmation, the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas HBO drama that stars Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce as the two principal characters.
In word from Deadline, Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega has signed on to star in the second Pacific Rim film. Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil) is directing the sequel based on the franchise created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Becham. The 2013 film grossed $411 million.
Boyega will be playing the son of Idris Elba’s character, Stacker Pentecost.
On the signing of Boyega, del Toro said: “I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox. The Pacific Rim universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man as it continues to be a multicultural, multi-layered world. ‘The World saving the world’ was our goal and I couldn’t think of a better man for the job.”