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'Captain Marvel' May Have Narrowed Its Director Shortlist Down to Three Awesome Women

By Vivian Kane | Industry | August 25, 2016 |

By Vivian Kane | Industry | August 25, 2016 |

The Captain Marvel movie has already announced Brie Larson as its Carol Danvers, and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) as the screenwriters, but Marvel still hasn’t settled on a director. Now, though, an unconfirmed shortlist has been released by The Hollywood Reporter. According to “sources,” the studio has narrowed down the choices to three, and they’re all pretty intriguing.

Niki Caro


Caro is probably the least flashy pick here, although I’m sure her movie would be fine to great. She wrote and directed the stunning Whale Rider, but in the 13 years since, there’s not too much filling out her resume other than that Charlize Theron movie you forgot about and a Kevin Costner movie you super forgot about.

Lesli Linka Glatter


Glatter’s directed between one and a bunch of episodes of like half the shows to ever be on television. She’s directed a ton of Homeland, Mad Men, and West Wing episodes, and also worked on The Walking Dead, Twin Peaks, Gilmore Girls, and Justified, among a billion others.

Oh yeah, and she also directed Now and Then, one of the greatest stories of female friendship OF ALL TIME.

Lorene Scafaria


Even though Scafaria didn’t direct Now & Then, the idea of her Captain Marvel is a pretty cool one. She stands out as the likely frontrunner here, if only because she fits so perfectly in line with the quirky indie darlings (a la Rian Johnson and Josh Trank) Disney has been so quick to promote to the blockbuster big leagues. Scafaria’s resume is lean, but promising and heavy on (sometimes dark) comedy. She wrote and directed the totally underrated Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and directed a few episodes of New Girl (as well as one ep of the also underrated Ben & Kate).

She also has a couple of pop albums with song titles like “Your Fucking Jacket” and also once dated Adam Brody. Did we know about her? I feel like we should have known about her. This seems like a gross oversight on our part.