Captain Marvel May Have A New Frontrunner For The Lead

In the last year or so, we've heard about many actresses potentially vying for the role of Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is a list that includes names like Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Katheryn Winnick, Charlize Theron, and more. We still don't know who Marvel Studios will ultimately cast in the highly sought-after part, but if new reports are to be believed, then Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation star Rebecca Ferguson may be the brand new frontrunner.

It is Heroic Hollywood that is making this claim, citing unnamed sources. The site says that no offer has actually been extended to the actress just yet, but Marvel recognizes that there are few hotter names in Hollywood right now, and they're eager to take advantage. Obviously at this point we have no idea if it's a role that she would actually be interested in, even if it does wind up being offered to her.

Those who regularly keep an eye on developing comic book movies will recognize that this isn't the first time that Rebecca Ferguson has been mentioned in connection with a project featuring a Marvel Comics property. In early August, just a couple weeks after the incredibly successful release of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the internet was hit with reports that the actress was one of three names being considered for the female lead in director Rupert Wyatt's upcoming Gambit feature - starring Channing Tatum. Taking on that movie would have meant playing assassin Belladonna Boudreaux a.k.a. Bella, but Ferguson wound up dropping out of the running. Instead, she is going to make The Girl on the Train with director Tate Taylor and Emily Blunt. This may be seen as good news for Marvel Studios, as it means that she won't be involved with a competing superhero franchise. The potential bad news is that it could mean that she has zero interest in taking part in a superhero part.

Rebecca Ferguson, who grew up in Sweden, just got her big break this past summer, but she has actually been working as a professional actress for more than 15 years now. She began her career working on the Swedish television series Nya tider, but really started garnering attention starring in the BBC mini-series The White Queen (which earned her a Golden Globe nomination). It was this role that presumably greased the wheels getting her into Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, and now it seems that she's getting attention from huge productions left and right.

Captain Marvel isn't dated for release until November 2, 2018, which means that we shouldn't expect the movie to start filming until late 2017. Because of this, it may be a while before we start hearing any kind of official details about the film, but you can be sure that we're counting down the days until we do. Until then... what do you think of potentially seeing Rebecca Ferguson as Carol Danvers?

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