There are fewer hard working 27-year old's in Hollywood right now than Brie Larson. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter, producer and director is gearing up for her first directorial debut. And, while she was on the press circuit for Free Fire, Larson was quizzed on a number of topics.
Fronting the 2017 MonsterVerse blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, it is the role of Carol Danvers in the MCU that has many fans intrigued about her interpretation of the comic book hero Captain Marvel. Although the template has been set in the illustrations, Larson stressed that her casting had a very deliberate goal in mind to stick true to a 21st Century portrayal.
Brie: Don't Expect Danvers To Be An Ass Kicking Brute
Understanding the responsibility that is attached to being the inaugural female that has a standalone title in the MCU, Larson explained that her signature is all about female empowerment and breaking down the cultural barrier.
"It might be a movie I'm doing," she laughs. "I have to be so vague about things... Besides the fact that it's just kind of like iconic to be playing the first female in a solo movie. I think one of the things that I'm personally so excited about is the idea of female complexity. I mean that's what I've wanted to take into every genre of film that I have done. How can we understand the mystique of being female? With Free Fire for example, what excites me is to say - it's not just so easy as to saying: 'Oh a girl that's in an action movie or a superhero and she's so tough just like a dude.' That's too easy. That's not where we're at actually."
As physical strength is so often the decisive gauge in a superhero movie, Larson wanted to use Captain Marvel to flip that concept on it's head.
"I think that women are far more complicated and more interesting than just saying they're like a dude. That's what makes them tough and that's what makes them cool. It's just not how it works. So to me it's the idea of doing this film on a larger scale with really incredible smart people behind it and women behind it. That gives you an hour-and-a-half, two hours to sit and see how different a woman can be. That seems cool to me, right?"
Larson Feared She Bombed The Phone Interview For Free Fire
Working with filmmaker Ben Wheatley for the action comedy Free Fire, Larson admitted that her enthusiasm during a phone call in Paris had her concerned about her potential involvement.
"We spoke on the phone the first time we sort of met to discuss the script," recalled Larson. "From watching his films and being a fan of his, it was like I knew he was onto something with this script that wasn't on the surface. So I just sort of unloaded on him like, 'I get what you are trying to do with these movies. I know who you are. I know what these metaphors are...' I discovered that he's like very mysterious and tight lipped... I hung up the phone and I'm like, 'I either just bombed that or I know what he's doing.' And I got the job so - I still don't know."
Going all in on a new project titled Unicorn Store, Larson is directing, producing and starring the comedy as she helms a film that includes Samuel L. Jackson and Joan Cusack.
"I'm editing right now," she remarked. "I think a couple of months in editing. Editing is like I've lost track of time and days. It's similar to being in rooms like this or Room where there's no sunlight and you're messing with little tiny bits of frames. I'm not so good with telling people what to feel or expect. I feel like it's way better for people to figure that out on their own. I think it's really good and I'm excited about it, but hey. Famous last words."