Marvel boss loves that Rousey wants to play Captain Marvel
Ronda Rousey’s dream of playing Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, in the upcoming Marvel film of the same name caught everyone’s attention over the summer — including Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
While the process to cast the lead role in "Captain Marvel" hasn’t even started yet, Feige gets a thrill when well-known celebrities make it known that they’d be interested in playing a certain part.
"I love it," Feige told IGN.com recently. "That happens occasionally, and I think that’s a testament more to the strength of the characters.
"Going back to my early days at Marvel, there were always various people campaigning to be Wolverine. I guess that was pre-Twitter and pre-Internet days, but still for some reason would pop up in Wizard Magazine. Wizard Magazine would always have ‘this person wants to play this role!’ It’s a testament to how great the characters are that it appeals to such a wide range of talented, talented people."
Rousey first mentioned her desire to play the role in a Reddit AMA, which immediately stirred up a slew of fan-made pictures with her in the Captain Marvel outfit. Even filmmaker Kevin Smith got on board and said that Rousey would be a good choice to play the part in the upcoming Marvel movie.
Rousey has already starred in "Furious 7" as well as the "Entourage" movie and "The Expendables 3."
She will begin filming "Mile 22" alongside Mark Wahlberg next year and she’s already signed on to star in a biopic based on her autobiography titled "My Fight/Your Fight."
Playing the lead in a Marvel movie would definitely be Rousey’s biggest starring vehicle yet. And while the studio hasn’t started casting for the role, Feige is open to the UFC women’s bantamweight champion playing the part.
The key for Feige is finding the best person for the role and if Rousey fits the bill then she’s the one they would select.
"You look at the ways we’ve cast our films in the past and it’s always about who’s the best person to inhabit the character, whether that is an actor like Chris Hemsworth, who bulks up (to play Thor), or a wrestler like Dave Bautista, who played Drax (in "Guardians of the Galaxy") who ends up being an amazing performer, an amazing actor and a clever and witty and pointed comedic actor," Feige commented.
"For us, it’s sitting down with people and starting to meet people, and as the script takes shape and as we start to build who the character should be and finding the right person to match it up. We haven’t necessarily started sitting down with people yet and meeting on that part."
So Rousey still has a chance to land her dream role. With "Captain Marvel" not set for release until Nov. 2, 2018, there’s time to continue her campaign to at least get a seat at the table amongst the finalists vying for the part.