‘Captain Marvel’ Director Search: Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria in the Mix

Marvel Studios narrows the search down to some key names to direct Brie Larson in “Captain Marvel”

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Niki Caro (“Whale Rider”), Lesli Linka Glatter (“Mad Men,” “Homeland”) and Lorene Scafaria (“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) are on the shortlist of candidates to direct Marvel’s first-ever female-led superhero movie “Captain Marvel,” TheWrap has learned.

However, insiders caution there are still more names sure to surface before a final decision has been made.

Marvel has focused on finding a woman to direct “Captain Marvel,” which will star Oscar winner Brie Larson.

Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”) are writing the screenplay.

Larson is set to headline the superhero movie as ace Air Force pilot Carol Danvers, who gains her superpowers after her DNA becomes fused with a kree alien after an incident.

Recently, a report surfaced in which the “Captain Marvel” comic origin might be changed in the film to avoid similarities to “Green Lantern.”

In an interview with Any Time With Vin Forte podcast, co-writer Nicole Perlman talked about some of the challenges of cracking the “Captain Marvel” story for the big screen.

“She’s such an incredibly kick-ass character and Kelly Sue DeConnick did a great run with her story arc recently. But here’s the thing, if you were just going to do a straight adaptation of the comics, her origin story is very similar to Green Lantern. And obviously, that’s not what we want to do.”

“Captain Marvel” is set to be released on March 8, 2019.

Reps for Marvel did not respond to request for comment.

The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news of of Caro, Glatter, and Scfaria’s involvement.