Marvel announces Academy Award-winner Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel

WATCH ABOVE: Marvel announces Brie Larson will portray Captain Marvel during San Diego Comic-Con

Oscar winner Brie Larson has a new title to add to her resume: Superhero.

Disney and Marvel announced Saturday at Comic-Con that Larson will star in “Captain Marvel” as the butt-kicking air force pilot Carol Danvers who gets special powers after an alien encounter.

“Captain Marvel” will be the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to center on a female character. The film is scheduled for release in March of 2019.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” writer Nicole Perlman and “Inside Out’s” Meg LeFauve are co-writing the screenplay. No director has been announced.

Larson won the Best Actress Academy Award this year for her performance in “Room.” She was on stage earlier in the day promoting the upcoming King Kong film “Kong: Skull Island.”

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