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Brie Larson: 'Captain Marvel is a role model for young girls'

Published 12/09/2016

Brie Larson
Brie Larson

The Oscar-winning actress landed the part of the Marvel superhero in July (16).

Brie Larson is hoping her new superhero character Captain Marvel is a great role model for young girls.

Marvel Studios bosses confirmed rumours the Oscar-winning star would be their leading lady in the film at Comic-Con in San Diego in July (16), and Brie has revealed she is already getting positive responses following the casting news.

Now, she's calling on movie bosses to feature strong female characters in more blockbusters, stating, "On social media, I get sent a lot of pictures of young girls wearing the Captain Marvel costume, and I'm excited to see more of that. She (Captain Marvel) is such a great symbol for young girls, and I'm realising what a deficit we have - that we don't have more of those."

"I think it's really cool to see a girl in a Batman costume or Spider-Man costume, but I'm really excited that there's a symbol for women. I think that that's really important," the Room star added.

Carol Danvers, the alter ego of Captain Marvel, was created in 1968, appearing in comic books as an American security officer working alongside Captain Mar-Vell, an alien, sent to study the planet Earth.

Sources tell Entertainment Weekly the character almost appeared at the end of 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, but no actress had been cast in the role.

It will be the first superhero movie for Brie, who recently announced plans to step behind the camera to direct her first feature film.

The Oscar winner will also produce and star in Unicorn Store, about a woman who moves back home to live with her parents.

The movie was originally set to star Rebel Wilson with director Miguel Arteta taking charge of the project, but scheduling issues for both forced them to step down. The movie is slated to begin production in October (16).

Brie previously co-wrote and co-directed the short film, The Arm, which won the jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

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