The Surprising Role Brie Larson Will Have After ‘Captain Marvel’
Brie Larson recently took over the big screen in the superhero (superheroine in this case) flick Captain Marvel. Playing a superhero is a fantastic experience, but there was something extraordinary about the role. It put Larson as the helm when it comes to women taking on the leading role in Marvel’s cinematic universe.
DC has had a handful of women-centric movies and really changed the game when the cast Gal Gadot as the titular character in Wonder Woman. By the way, there’s a sequel in the works. It went over really well and Gadot became a pinnacle of beauty and strength for young girls everywhere. Now Gadot gets to move over to make some room for the Oscar-winning actress to join her on the best role model ranks.
Brie Larson is a symbol of strength thanks to ‘Captain Marvel’
Larson was one of the best actresses to play the well-known Marvel superhero. Back in 2015 when she starred as Ma in Room, Larson proved that she was capable of playing strong characters without forgoing vulnerability in the process. This complex balancing act is vital when it comes to playing superheroes. They are beings who typically possess extreme strength but also have vulnerable moments that makes them relate better to each other and the regular humans they often have relationships with.
Marvel also made sure to integrate flaws into their characters. Flaws that directly relate to the humanity that resides within all of them. In the case of Captain Marvel, who is one of the most powerful characters Marvel has put on screen, an actress who could harness that power while retaining her humanity was a must.
Larson is taking on a smaller female-focused project with Apple
The Kong: Skull Island actress, despite being insanely high-profile, is now jumping to the small screen with an upcoming untitled series! Apple recently ordered a CIA drama that utilizes Amaryllis Fox’s memoir, Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA, as its source material. The show draws on the real-life experiences of Fox and chronicles her journey in the CIA by examining some of her integral relationships.
Not only will Larson be starring as the protagonist in the female-focused film, but she is also an executive producer on the board. The real-life superheroine has some pretty amazing people at her side as well. Oscar-nominated producer Lynette Howell Taylor, the mastermind behind A Star is Born, is also serving as an executive producer. Other members of the team include Prometheus’ Michael Ellenberg, 1922’s Samantha Housman, and Dani Gorin.
Larson isn’t the only Marvel superhero recruited by Apple
Larson won’t be the first Marvel superhero Apple has picked up for its straight-to-series streams. In Fall 2018, Apple put in an order for another drama, Defending Jacob. The dramatic thriller was OK’ed for eight episodes and is based on William Landay’s 2012 best-selling novel of the same title.
The legal thriller stars Captain America and The Avengers’ Chris Evans as the father of a 14-year-old boy who has been accused of murder. Similarly, to Larson, Evans isn’t just starring in the film; he’s also working as an executive producer to bring the book to life. Oscar-nominated Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) will be directing the series.
Defending Jacob like Larson’s untitled drama does not yet have a release date.
Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are also on Apple’s roster
Guess who else Apple has managed to get their hands on? Friends Jennifer Aniston and Legally Blonde’s Reese Witherspoon! Tech giant Apple fought tooth and nail to earn the rights to their upcoming show, The Morning Show and was able to beat out top-notch competitors like Netflix and Showtime.
The untitled show, similarly to the ones mentioned before, don’t just star the A-list celebrity duo. Both Aniston and Witherspoon are also co-producers. They are joined by none other than Ellenberg to form a triple threat at the helm of the highly sought after series.
Apple has tons more A-listers at its back
Other celebs fans can look forward to seeing on Apple’s streaming service include It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney as well as alum David Hornsby; Alias’ Jennifer Garner with executive producer J.J Abrams; Richard Gere; Jim Sturgess with Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu; Aquaman’s Jason Momoa with Game of Thrones director Francis Lawrence for See and more. It looks like Apple is pulling out all the stops when it comes to creating a service to take over streaming.