Jude Law cast as Captain Marvel's male lead in new movie
Captain Marvel has found its male lead in Jude Law.
The 44-year-old Sherlock Holmes star will play Dr. Walter Lawson and will help Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel harness and control her powers after her DNA becomes fused with that of an alien.
Jude Law has had ups and downs this year, with King Arthur being critically panned, becoming a meme on Twitter for his role in the amusingly-titled Young Pope as well as being revealed as young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts sequel The Crimes of Grindelward.
While details of Captain Marvel are currently thin on the ground, what is known is the film will take place during the 1990s and Brie Larson will play Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel), alongside Ben Mendelsohn as the villain with Samuel L Jackson confirmed to appear as Nick Fury.
This is the latest in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man) and Marvel's first foray into a female character-led franchise.
Marvel has one-upped DC at every turn with a clearer more concise vision of their universe every step of the way, the only area DC has hit them hard is with a strong, female led story – DC has them pegged with Wonder Woman, which played well with both audiences and critics.
With films like Room, Short Term 12 and Free Fire, Brie Larson has been focusing mainly on indie films and TV, only recently venturing into the realm of the big-budget action flick with King Kong.
Anna Boden (The Big C) and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson) are directing.
Boden and Fleck are the latest filmmakers to benefit from the current Hollywood trend of indie directors being given the reigns to huge franchises.
In recent years, Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn), King Kong (Jordan Vogt-Roberts), Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow) and Godzilla (Gareth Edwards) and many more were all directed by first or second time directors.
Captain Marvel is set for release in 2019.