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'Captain Marvel' begins production with some surprise casting news

Production is officially underway in Los Angeles, California today on “Captain Marvel,” the latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What’s more, the official announcement from Marvel Studios includes some casting surprises! It sounds like some familiar faces are soon headed back to the MCU as the confirmed cast list now includes Clark Gregg, Djimon Honsou and Lee Pace, presumably reprising their roles as Agent Phil Coulson, Korath and Ronan the Accuser, respectively.

Starring Academy Award winner Brie Larson in the title role, “Captain Marvel” is shooting in and around the greater Los Angeles area, which will also serve as the production base for the film. The production will also shoot on location in Fresno, California, as well as locations in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

At the top of this page, you can take a look at a newly released behind the scenes still of Larson getting hands-on help from Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander, on a recent trip to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to research her character, Carol Danvers. Danvers was introduced on the printed page 50 years ago this month.

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Set for release in the United States on March 8, 2019, “Captain Marvel” is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose credits include “Mississippi Grind” and “Half Nelson.” An all-star collective of accomplished writers penned the screenplay, including Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out,” “The Good Dinosaur”), Nicole Perlman (“First Man,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (“Tomb Raider,” upcoming “Sherlock Holmes 3”) and Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (“Glow”), in addition to Boden and Fleck.

“Captain Marvel” also stars Samuel L. Jackson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Hateful Eight”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Ready Player One”), Lashana Lynch (“Brotherhood,” “Fast Girls”), Gemma Chan (“Humans,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Algenis Perez Soto (“Sambá,” “Sugar”), Rune Temte (“Eddie The Eagle,” “The Last Kingdom”), McKenna Grace (“I, Tonya,” “Gifted”) and Jude Law (“Spy,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”).

Kevin Feige serves as producer on “Captain Marvel” with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patty Whitcher and Stan Lee all serving as executive producers. Lars Winther serves as co-producer/first assistant director and David Grant as co-producer.

The director of photography on “Captain Marvel” is Ben Davis (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” “Doctor Strange,”), Oscar-nominated production designer Andy Nicholson (“Gravity,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), costume designer Sanja Hays (“The Fate of the Furious,” “Star Trek: Beyond”), editors Elliot Graham (“Steve Jobs,” “Molly’s Game”) and Debbie Berman (“Black Panther,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”), two-time Oscar nominee, visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend (“Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), stunt coordinator Jim Churchman (“Doctor Strange” and “Ant-Man” ) and six-time Oscar nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther”).

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