Get Ready For the Whole World to Start Crowding Your Brie Larson Crush
Brie Larson is, at this point, a permanent Pajiba Crush staple. We’ve been asking for years when she’s going to explode into more of a thing. If it were up to us, we’d cast her in everything (including our made-up fantasy projects) and retroactively give her all the Oscars for the official Pajiba #1 movie of 2013. But despite our loud, enthusiastic love, Larson has managed to stay pretty far under the mainstream radar. It’s not like she hasn’t done huge, popular box-office-breaking movies, either. She was in 21 Jump Street, after all, as well as Trainwreck. But between her supporting roles in huge movies and huge roles in smaller movies, she has yet to become a recognizable name. I also have another theory as to why this is the case. Brie Larson is one of those people that seems to look different in every picture I see of her, as well as nearly every role. I mean, just look at her range. She can do girl next door,
Nerd next door,
Hot Topic Diva,
Favorite camp counselor,
90s movie love interest,
Whatever this is.
This may be a weird part of why the larger movie-going audiences don’t know who she is. But all that is about to change. Larson has just been cast as the female lead in the upcoming ultra-blockbuster IMAX 3D spectacular spectacular Kong: Skull Island. She’ll be starring alongside Tom Hiddleston and possibly Russell Crowe in what amounts to a King Kong origin story. I’m finding myself equally excited and nervous for our collective crush here. While I want her to finally break out into the huge mega star we’ve been expecting, Kong sounds like it could be a huge mess. Appart from the stupid video game sequel-sounding title, both JK Simmons and Michael Keaton have dropped out of the project. The official reason is “scheduling issues” but that’s often code for “it looked like it might be embarrassing.” It’s being helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, a director with some nice quality indie cred (he directed Nick Offerman’s American Ham and a few episodes of You’re the Worst, among other things), but the emphasis definitely seems to be on ‘fully immersive’ spectacle over story. I don’t know. It’s too early to tell. I just desperately want Brie Larson to have the career she deserves without ending up on this list first.