When Marvel announced that their first female-led superhero movie was going to be Captain Marvel, fan casting commenced. Honestly, the best idea for the character came when fans started to float the name of Katee Sackhoff, who was amazing as Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica and badass as Dahl in Riddick. She proved in those two that she could kick ass with the best of them, and proved in the TV show Longmire that she could be a little more “normal” as well when needed.
While I still think that Sackhoff is the best choice possible for Carol Danvers Captain Marvel character, someone else really wants the role. Ronda Rousey is slowly making the change from undefeated UFC badass into a legitimate Hollywood actress. She has already appeared in the Fast & Furious franchise as well as The Expendables, so she has proven she can kick ass. The question now is whether or not she can act, because neither of those films sold her as an actress.
First up is Mile 22, in which she will co-star alongside Mark Wahlberg. Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Battleship) will direct the movie which follows a CIA agent (Rousey) who transports an informant to a getaway plane 22 miles away from his hideout. This will be Rousey’s first chance to show she can do more than just fight in movies.
“I’m really looking forward to doing my first starring role opposite Mark Wahlberg,” Rousey told IGN. “Hopefully by the time Captain Marvel comes around, I will have enough skills and experience in the field for them to seriously consider me.”
So, does Marvel seem interested in Ronda Rousey? Kevin Feige said that he loved the fact that she was interested, saying it was “a testament more to the strength of the characters.” He also said that, before Twitter and social media, Wizard Magazine would always mention how certain actors wanted to play Wolverine and that Marvel really appeals to a wide range of talented people. However, he didn’t give his opinion of Rousey.
After Mile 22, Rousey gets a chance to lead her own movie as she takes on the role that Patrick Swayze made famous in a Road House remake, a movie that Nick Cassavetes will direct. By gender-switching the lead character, it will help the movie stand out from other remakes (like the Point Break remake), and Rousey should be amazing in that role. She even showed respect by saying that no other man “could ever be the Swayze.”
Here is Ronda Rousey talking about her dreams of playing Captain Marvel. What do you guys think – could Ronda Rousey be a good Captain Marvel or should Marvel stick with a more experienced actress? Who would you cast in the role?