29 July: Brie Lawson


At just 26 year-old, Brie Larson’s career has shown her range as an actress, from an acid-tongued teen in Diablo Cody’s zany TV show The United States of Tara to Short Term 12’s troubled care worker to her Oscar-winning turn as a tough but vulnerable young mother in Room – and now, the main character in Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie, Captain Marvel!

Hot off the heels of the new trailer for DC’s Wonder Woman, Marvel are playing their part in redressing the gender balance in blockbuster adaptations of the comic book genre – and Brie has just landed herself the lead role!

According to The Independent, the script is being written by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) alongside Nicole Perlman, and that although a director is yet to be attached the project, it’s likely that a woman will direct the film – with names like Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Nikki Caro (Whale Rider) being thrown around as early suggestions.

So, despite its smart casting, will Captain Marvel’s feminist credentials stand up to scrutiny? Kelly Sue DeConnick, the current author of the Captain Marvel comics told TIME magazine that: “The test that I always give young writers is if you can take out your female character and replace her with a sexy lamp and your plot still functions, you’re doing it wrong.” Preach.

Captain Marvel isn’t due out until 2017, but for the time being, we’ll be keeping an eye Brie’s journey to comic book stardom!


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