Brie Larson the frontrunner to play Captain Marvel (EXCLUSIVE)

Will Brie Larson Star As Captain Marvel?
Will Brie Larson Star As Captain Marvel?

After her Oscar-winning turn in "Room," Brie Larson may be ready to step into the shoes of Marvel's most popular female superhero.

Sources tell Variety Marvel is in early talks with Larson to play Captain Marvel in the studio's standalone project. It is unknown where things stand in negotiations but sources have told Variety she is the choice and Larson is leaning towards playing the part.

Marvel had no comment on the story.

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No director is currently on board. Marvel, however, had always planned to have an actress lined up early, with the idea of possibly introducing her in one of its upcoming films before its "Captain Marvel" movie bows.

"Inside Out" scribe Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman are currently writing the script, which follows Carol Danvers, an air force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the super powers of strength, energy project and flight.

Kevin Feige is producing the pic.

Larson has been choosing both big-budget spectacles, like the upcoming "Kong: Skull Island," and prestige films, such as "Room" and "The Glass Castle," which she is currently filming.

She can be seen next in Ben Wheatley's "Free Fire" opposite Armie Hammer. She is repped by WME and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.