Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening joins the cast of 'Captain Marvel'

Initial speculation suggested that she would be playing a scientist, though rumors now indicate she will be playing Marie Danvers, the mother of Carol Danvers.


                            Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening joins the cast of 'Captain Marvel'

The success and flawless execution of Marvel's superstar-studded 'Avengers: Infinity War' has raised expectations for the studios' upcoming films, with fans now eagerly waiting for 'Captain Marvel.' A teaser for the movie was played out at the end of 'Infinity War,' and details about Marvel's first female-led solo feature film have been closely-guarded secrets.

However, The Hollywood Reporter has stated that four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening will be joining the cast for what will be her first-ever comic book movie.

If those reports are proven to be true, Bening will join the likes of Brie Larson, who stars in the titular role of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, Mckenna Grace, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law in the highly-anticipated movie.



For Bening, this role will be a deviation from the norm. The actress, who began her career with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival company in 1980 and played Lady Macbeth at the American Conservatory Theatre, as well as roles in 'American Beauty,' 'Being Julia,' and 'The Kids Are All Right,' rarely ever accepts such studio movie roles.

'Captain Marvel' is written and being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who are best-known for their collaborations on 'Half Nelson,' 'Sugar,' and 'Mississippi Grind,' and is set in the 1990s. The story will follow Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA fuses with that of an alien, and is caught in between an intergalactic conflict between two alien worlds.

Bening's role in the film is not yet clear (Source: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for 2018 Tribeca Film Festival)
Bening's role in the film is not yet clear (Source: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for 2018 Tribeca Film Festival)

In what is set to be the 21st film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury; Pace will continue as Ronan the Accuser, who appeared in the first 'Guardians of the Galaxy'; Hounsou will be Korath, a Kree mercenary who works with Ronan; Chan will play Minn-Erva, a Kree geneticist; Gregg will reprise his role of Phil Coulson; and Jude Law will be Mar-Vell /Dr. Walter Lawson, Danvers' mentor, who trains her to use her new powers.

Annette Bening has been cast in an unknown role. Initial speculation suggested that she would be playing a scientist, though rumors now indicate she will be playing Marie Danvers, the mother of Carol Danvers. The film has been in development since May 2013 and is scheduled to release in the United States on March 8, 2019.