UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey has already cemented herself as one of the world’s best MMA fighters, but now she’s out to make a name for herself in the world of acting. Last year she made her debut in The Expendables 3, and this year saw her cameo as herself in Entourage and playing Kara in Furious 7. Rousey has even more big screen projects planned, and they’re all leading towards her big goal: playing Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
During an interview with ET Online, Rousey mentioned that she hopes Mile 22, her upcoming film with Mark Wahlberg, along with her other future acting endeavors, will prepare her to play Carol Danvers in the character’s solo movie, both in terms of experience and Marvel seriously considering her for the role. Rousey said:
I'm really looking forward to doing my first starring role opposite Mark Wahlberg [in Mile 22]. Hopefully by the time Captain Marvel comes around, I will have enough experience and skills in the field for them to really seriously consider me.
Rousey first mention her interest in the part during a Reddit AMA two months ago when a fan asked which superhero she would like to play. The fanart that subsequently emerged depicting her as Captain Marvel was approved by many (including Kevin Smith), and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige admired her enthusiasm. As it stands now, Rousey doesn’t have many roles on her resume, but the next few years will be key to showing off her talent. In addition to Mile 22 next year, she is also set to lead the Road House remake, and perhaps once these action projects have raised her acting profile, she may very well be considered a viable candidate. Heck, even if she doesn't get to star in Captain Marvel, assuming her movies are successful, she may be eyed for other blockbusters.
Following Tom Holland’s casting as Spider-Man this past summer, Captain Marvel has inherited the Web-Slinger’s title as Most Heavily Rumored Marvel Superhero Casting. Actresses previously said to have been considered for the part range from Emily Blunt to Rebecca Ferguson, while others like Katheryn Winnick and Bryce Dallas Howard have expressed interest in the role. Thanks to Ant-Man and The Wasp being added to Marvel’s Phase Three slate, Captain Marvel has been pushed back to 2019, so now we may have to wait even longer to find out who will play the superheroine. That gives Rousey time to work on her acting resume.
Captain Marvel, which is being written by Inside Out’s Meg LeFauve and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Nicole Perlman, flies into theaters on March 8, 2019.