by Brett White
There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Captain Marvel today, thanks to two news stories that popped up pretty much back to back. First, Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito revealed that Marvel Studios is very much aware of the groundswell of support for a Carol Danvers film. Then Katee Sackhoff revealed that there are mysterious talks going on between her and Disney, Marvel’s parent company. We’re closing out the week with a lot of Captain Marvel news that could be premature, but that’s just fine with me.
It goes without saying that Katee Sackhoff would be a dream casting for Captain Marvel. She looks the part, she can act the part, she has built-in cred thanks to kicking ass as Starbuck on “Battlestar Galactica,” and pretty much everyone seems to love her for the part. But. What if it doesn’t work out? If the perfect person for the part isn’t available, who would don Cap’s blue and red tights? And going for the second choice can work out; after all, Scarlett Johansson only became Black Widow after Emily Blunt pulled out of “Iron Man 2” due to a scheduling conflict. So with that in mind, here are five worthy runners-up to Katee Sackhoff.
Everyone’s second choice for the role should be Chastain, who gave an incredibly commanding lead performance in “Zero Dark Thirty” that won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress and earned her her second Academy Award nomination. As the woman who spearheaded the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, Chastain showed that she has the determined screen presence and ferocity of spirit to bring the hard-hitting Carol Danvers to life. While Sackhoff embodies Carol’s more reckless side, it’s Chastain who could really nail Carol’s moral strength and unrelenting ability to persevere.
This Academy Award winning actress brings solid acting chops to the role, for sure, and has something that Sackhoff and Chastain don’t have: star power. Theron is a movie star, through and through, whereas Chastain is more of a critical favorite and Sackhoff has strong geek cred. Theron’s a name that can be used to open movies—it has been in the past—and she’s no stranger to this type of film. She’s played super beings before in movies like “Hancock” and “Æon Flux,” and appeared in genre films like “Prometheus” and the upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road.” She has an affinity for this genre, is a name movie star, and has the acting skills to back it up. If Marvel wants to hand the role over to a big name actress, then Theron is their best bet. Also, she’s 5’10”, just an inch shorter than Carol Danvers’ impossibly tall height.
I can’t be the only person that thinks “Drive” would have been an even better movie if Hendricks and Ryan Gosling had switched roles. Hendricks brings her A-game every week on “Mad Men,” bringing a truly Danvers-esque steely confidence to the much lower stakes of Sterling Cooper & Partners. With her fuller-figure, Hendricks also looks as physically impressive as a real world—and real physical—superheroine would be. She’s definitely as commanding as Captain Marvel.
This one’s more of a long shot, but only because Britton’s Carol Danvers would be a bit older than the one from the comics. But, on the other hand, why should that matter? If you’ve seen “Friday Night Lights,” you know that there’s nothing that can stop Tami Taylor from getting the job done once she puts her mind to it, and Connie Britton is an absolutely phenomenal actress with a commanding presence that just screams “veteran superhero with a decorated background in the Air Force.” It would be great to see them cast an actress in the same age range as fellow Avengers Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Jeremy Renner.
Sigourney Weaver (1979)
Okay, this one’s a bit of a stretch as it involves time-travel, heavy CGI, or radical breakthroughs in the already existing hologram technology—but hear me out. Sigourney Weaver pretty much invented the archetype that Captain Marvel falls under when she first played Ellen Ripley in 1979’s “Alien.” The sci-fi heroine owes pretty much everything to Ripley, and that goes for a lot of Carol Danvers’ latter day characterization as well. When you watch Ripley try to keep a gang of unruly space-truckers in line as they’re picked off one by one, and then see the strength of her character as she comes face to face with the terrible alien itself, that’s all Captain Marvel right there. And then there’s the fact that she’s 6′ tall, which puts her at the same level as Captain America himself. Of course modern day Sigourney Weaver would kick ass too, but there’s something incredibly awesome about watching the 30 year old actress showing a strength of character well beyond her years—and opposite actors that are her senior—like she did in “Alien.” It’s impossible, but we can dream, right?
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