Lashana Lynch is in final negotiations to replace DeWanda Wise in Captain Marvel, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
The English actress would be joining the Marvel Studios feature after Wise had to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts with the second season of Netflix and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It.
Marvel could not be reached for comment.
Filmmaking duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing the superhero studio’s first female-fronted stand-alone, which stars Oscar winner Brie Larson. Jude Law and Ben Mendelsohn will also star in the film, which is set in the 1990s and features Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury (with two eyes!).
In the comics, Captain Marvel is the alter ego of Air Force pilot Carol Danvers, who becomes a hero when her DNA is fused with an alien’s after an accident.
Captain Marvel — out March 8, 2019 — marks the biggest role to date for Lynch, a Shondaland alum, who starred in the short-lived ABC period drama Still Star-Crossed. Lynch, who was awarded the Laurence Olivier Bursary while a student at AES, has also appeared in indie features Fast Girls and Brotherhood.
She is repped by ICM, the U.K.’s BWH and Alan Siegel.