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Captain Marvel writer addresses casting of Brie Larson: "I'm psyched"

07.27.2016

You can’t cast anyone as any classic character nowadays without someone’s pantaloons getting in a bunch. “They’re not blonde enough.” “They’re not tall enough.” “They’re not sexually androgynous enough.” For some there’s always a reason to crap on someone talented getting to play an iconic role, but luckily all those reasons usually come from people who don’t matter—like internet bloggers.

But there are some people whose opinions do matter, and in the case of the CAPTAIN MARVEL casting, that woman is the writer of the modern iteration of the comic book character, Kelly Sue DeConnick. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the acclaimed author of the series—in which she famously changed the costume, giving the heroine a jumpsuit (a.k.a. pants)—addressed what she thinks about the role going to Oscar-winner Brie Larson:

My dream casting—or the actor who is the voice in my head—is Kathleen Turner from about 1983. She could be both sexy and awkward and powerful. She could do all of those things at once. From what I can tell, Brie Larson can do those things too. She has a gravitas and she has a power to her. But you can see she also has a sense of humor and playfulness there. I’m psyched.

But of course there are dissenters who are angry (aformentioned sad internet bloggers) about Larson’s casting, complaining about her smaller size, perferring someone they felt would be better for the role physically, like a Ronda Rousey or Katee Sackhoff. DeConnick discussed that too, saying she did want someone with a tad more height (Larson stands at about five-foot-eight):

The only physical thing I wanted for Carol—I was hoping for Carol to have some height. In the books she’s five-foot-eleven. There’s a little bit of an intimidation factor that comes with her being so tall.

However size, ultimately, doesn’t matter:

I’m five-feet tall and I can be intimidating.

On a broader scale, DeConnick spoke to casting women in blockbusters in general, addressing the issues some people have surrounding women leading big action films:

We spend so much time telling women, you’re not this enough and you’re not that.
When we cast women as leads in an action film we saddle them with a responsibility of representing the possible success or failure of all women-led films for the next five years. When a man leads a film that fails, that film fails. We don’t say, ‘Well, clearly men can’t carry a genre feature'.

And if those infuriated by Larson’s casting still can't get the knot out of their undies, DeConnick has one last piece of wisdom for them that is incredibly hard to deny:

Marvel has done an incredible job managing their C.U. and their casting. I so love Robert Downey Jr. and I don’t think I would have thought of him as Iron Man. Of course, it’s the most perfect thing in the world.

Well said, madam

Of course Larson is going to crush it. You know how I know? She crushes everything, that’s how. She can do hard drama (see ROOM) and can steal the show in comedies like SCOTT PILGRIM and TRAINWRECK. Playing Captain Marvel will be another walk in the park for Larson. She probably crushes actual walking in the park too. Her step distribution is on point.

CAPTAIN MARVEL starring the perfectly cast Brie Larson is set for March 8, 2019.

Source: Vanity Fair

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5:00PM on 07/27/2016
For anyone (writer, fan, or anyone at all) concerned with height qualifications: [link]
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5:09PM on 07/28/2016
Yeah, I'll never understand the height gripe. If "movie magic" can make Elijah Wood look three feet tall, it can add a few vertical inches onto other actors.
Yeah, I'll never understand the height gripe. If "movie magic" can make Elijah Wood look three feet tall, it can add a few vertical inches onto other actors.
12:05PM on 07/27/2016
Marvel doesn't cast TV stars. They cast movie stars and Oscar winners and nominees. Sorry, Sackhoff.

And there are no good actresses tall enough for these roles. Even Gadot is only 5'9. So stop expecting them to cast a woman taller than that.
Marvel doesn't cast TV stars. They cast movie stars and Oscar winners and nominees. Sorry, Sackhoff.

And there are no good actresses tall enough for these roles. Even Gadot is only 5'9. So stop expecting them to cast a woman taller than that.
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11:29AM on 07/27/2016
It's good casting, but it's just not exciting casting which has lead (at least in my opinion) this news to be underwhelming.

Someone like Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, and/or Rebecca Ferguson would have really gotten me anticipated for this character and her solo film. But with Larson (until I see official footage), I'm just indiffent at the moment.
It's good casting, but it's just not exciting casting which has lead (at least in my opinion) this news to be underwhelming.

Someone like Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, and/or Rebecca Ferguson would have really gotten me anticipated for this character and her solo film. But with Larson (until I see official footage), I'm just indiffent at the moment.
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10:15AM on 07/27/2016
I had no idea that Brie Larson's casting had it's detractors. I personally don't get it, I think she's a great idea for casting.

I said this before, but Marvel has come a long way since Iron Man in 2008. And now that they're owned by Disney, they need to ensure an ROI for each movie they want to produce. Part of that means casting someone that has potential to attract a wider audience beyond fanboys. So if you can get someone of Brie Larson's stature in Hollywood to lead your movie,
I had no idea that Brie Larson's casting had it's detractors. I personally don't get it, I think she's a great idea for casting.

I said this before, but Marvel has come a long way since Iron Man in 2008. And now that they're owned by Disney, they need to ensure an ROI for each movie they want to produce. Part of that means casting someone that has potential to attract a wider audience beyond fanboys. So if you can get someone of Brie Larson's stature in Hollywood to lead your movie, especially your first female-led superhero movie, why wouldn't you go with it? Why would you go with someone untested or unknown just to appease fanboy boners across the world?
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10:06AM on 07/27/2016
Why even give internet losers the time of day?
Why even give internet losers the time of day?
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9:58AM on 07/27/2016
Uhhh...
NOW. I adore Brie Larson, I literally have a drawing of her on my fridge - an artist friend of mine drew that says "You will never have me." (Because what are friends for, if not to ridicule you for your crushes) Howevs, I do think she's mis-cast and was just approached because she's new and hot. Katee Sackhoff really was the best option imo. But who cares? It's done. She'll do admirably - because she's a great actress.
Uhhh...
NOW. I adore Brie Larson, I literally have a drawing of her on my fridge - an artist friend of mine drew that says "You will never have me." (Because what are friends for, if not to ridicule you for your crushes) Howevs, I do think she's mis-cast and was just approached because she's new and hot. Katee Sackhoff really was the best option imo. But who cares? It's done. She'll do admirably - because she's a great actress.
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10:12AM on 07/27/2016
I can definitely see the appeal of Katee Sackhoff in the role. But Marvel has become, pretty much, a mainstay studio since launching in 2008. And now that they're owned by Disney, they need to ensure an ROI for each movie. Part of that ROI comes down to casting and getting someone they know will attract a wider audience than fanboys.

So not to ridicule your preference, but noting the above, what (of note) has Katee Sackhoff done since Battlestar Galactica that would put her at the top of
I can definitely see the appeal of Katee Sackhoff in the role. But Marvel has become, pretty much, a mainstay studio since launching in 2008. And now that they're owned by Disney, they need to ensure an ROI for each movie. Part of that ROI comes down to casting and getting someone they know will attract a wider audience than fanboys.

So not to ridicule your preference, but noting the above, what (of note) has Katee Sackhoff done since Battlestar Galactica that would put her at the top of any casting director's mind for leading a huge studio blockbuster such as this?
10:23AM on 07/27/2016
I'm saying she's a better fit for the role. But no shit she'd never get cast for something like this unless that Riddick movie had done gangbusters.
I'm saying she's a better fit for the role. But no shit she'd never get cast for something like this unless that Riddick movie had done gangbusters.
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