Ever since winning an Academy Award for her role in Room, Brie Larson has been one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood. Over the last few years, she’s starred in Kong: Skull Island, and become Captain Marvel. In 2019 alone, Larson starred in Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, Just Mercy, and made a great cameo in Between Two Ferns: The Movie. But a new rumor says that Larson might have a deal with Netflix to direct her own films.
We Got This Covered is reporting that gossip writer Daniel Richtman has said Brie Larson has made a deal with Netflix which would allow her to star and direct in her own films for the streaming service. While it’s not clear where Richtman has heard this rumor from, or how reliable his sources are, it certainly seems like, given the chance, Netflix would absolutely want to team up with the major star.
This wouldn’t actually be the first time that Brie Larson and Netflix have teamed up. After co-directing a few shorts, Larson made her directorial debut with Unicorn Store in 2017. The film starred Larson, her Captain Marvel costar Samuel L. Jackson, Joan Cusack, and Bradley Whitford. In an interview with Variety after the debut of Unicorn Store at the Toronto International Film Festival, Larson said that she originally auditioned for the film, and didn’t get the part. Years later, she would take on the film as director. While Unicorn Store wasn’t made specifically for Netflix, the company did distribute the film in 2019.
Considering Unicorn Store was released around the same time as Captain Marvel there had been some unfounded rumors that Brie Larson might direct the eventual Captain Marvel II. However, that job will go to Nia DaCosta, who previously directed the Tessa Thompson-starring film Little Woods, and the upcoming Candyman, which is scheduled for release on August 27, 2021.
As of right now, the only project Brie Larson has on the horizon is Captain Marvel II, which is as of right now scheduled for a July 8, 2022 release. While this was announced in April, it’s not clear if this is still the expected release for Captain Marvel II or if the frequently-shifting Disney slate will push the film further back. But theoretically, based only on announced projects, it seems like Larson would have the time to work on her own films.
But it would make sense that Brie Larson would want to continue directing her own films. Earlier this year, Larson started her own YouTube channel and has spoken in the past about using her position to help tell stories from people who haven’t always been served well by Hollywood.
On her YouTube channel, Brie Larson even posted a video highlighting how many different roles she auditioned for and didn’t get, including roles in The Hunger Games, Star Wars, and even other Marvel characters. Now that she’s a popular, Oscar-winning actress, she finally has the power to make these types of decisions.
Yet an agreement between Brie Larson and Netflix would make sense for both of them. Netflix would have the exclusive rights to the directorial efforts of one of Hollywood’s biggest actresses, while Larson would have an opportunity to tell the types of stories she wants to be told on screen. It’s a win-win situation that will hopefully be more than just a rumor.