Report: Brie Larson In Talks to Play Captain Marvel

The Marvel Cinematic Universe may soon add another Oscar-winning actress to its ranks. (Getty / Marvel Comics)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe may soon add another Oscar-winning actress to its ranks. (Getty / Marvel Comics)

Winning an Oscar sure opens up a lot of doors.

Brie Larson, who won the Best Leading Actress Oscar in March for Room, is the first choice to play the titular character in the superhero flick Captain Marvel, according to an exclusive from Variety's Justin Kroll.

Insider sources say the twenty-six year-old actress is "leaning toward" accepting the role, so an official announcement may not be too far off - especially given that Marvel reportedly plans to "possibly [introduce] her" in an upcoming film before her solo outing in early 2019.

After a string of small, indie flicks including RoomCaptain Marvel would easily be the biggest credit on Larson's diverse resume. She had other notable stints in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Trainwreck, and has a leading role in Kong: Skull Island, a King Kong origin story, due out in 2017.

READ MORE: Film Review: 'Room'

If she secures the role, Larson would join the likes of Anthony Hopkins (Thor), Gwenyth Paltrow (Iron Man), Michael Douglas (Ant-Man) and Natalie Portman (Thor) as Marvel movie actors with Oscars to their credit.

Among Marvel's endless array of movies, Captain Marvel is the only one so far with a female in the leading role. So the pressure is on for Marvel to make a big splash - especially with DC Comics' Wonder Woman solo film starring Gal Gadot slated to release next year, and even a Harley Quinn movie with Margot Robbie being considered.

Other names that have been mentioned to play Marvel's superheroine include MMA fighter Ronda Rousey and Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff

Captain Marvel has an official release date of March 8, 2019.

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