One of the most speculated-about superhero castings to be discussed over the last several months is who will play Carol Danvers in Marvel Studios' upcoming Captain Marvel movie. Because the film has been pushed back to November 2018, fans may have to wait even longer to find out who will play the lead in Marvel’s first female-led superhero film, but that hasn’t stopped people from offering suggestions. One of the actresses that fans have pitched is Vikings star Katheryn Winnick, and, fortunately, the actress seems very open to the idea of becoming the big screen version of the superheroine.
While chatting with IGN, Winnick expressed enthusiasm for someday appearing in a superhero movie, citing her love of those types of stories when she was younger. Asked specifically if she had any interest in joining the world of comic book movies, Winnick told the site,
I would love to. Oh wow, there's so many. I'm such a fan of comic books. I grew up reading them. They were my idols. Like, these characters came to life for me! I don't think there's one in particular, either than I would love to play an action hero.
When asked about playing the titular character in Captain Marvel, she simply smiled and said that if Marvel called her, she would answer the phone. It’s always a plus when an actor or actress playing a superhero is already a fan of the character or comic books as a whole, so if Katheryn Winnick were to be cast as Carol Danvers, that would certainly be an added benefit. However, Winnick went on to say that playing Lagertha in Vikings gives her a chance to "kick ass and get to deal with real human emotion," so she may just be content sticking with that as her main action role for now.
Back in November, the actress posted a piece of fan art on her Instagram account of her dressed in the Captain Marvel costume, and truth be told, it looks impressive. If Winnkick is being considered, Marvel casting directors would be wise to take a look at the image to give them an idea of what she would look like flying across the screen shooting energy blasts. It’s doubtful that Vikings would prevent her from taking the role if offered to her by Marvel. If the series isn’t finished by late 2018 or if her character hasn’t been killed off, the production could be accommodated to fit her TV shooting schedule.
Winnick is just one of the many names that have been rumored as potential contenders for Captain Marvel, including Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. Unless Carol is included in another MCU project before Captain Marvel, though, we may not hear a casting announcement until 2016 or 2017. So if you’re a fan rooting for Winnick, be prepared for a long wait.
Captain Marvel will be released on November 2, 2018.