Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe to take the onus of Captain Marvel was a great move by Brie Larson, and it made robust ramifications on the MCU from her self-contained adventure through Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. As Marvel shuts its infinity epic and leads viewers into its blockbuster franchise’s next phases, Larson’s vehemently compelling character is poised to play an imperative role.
Here is a look back at the roles Brie Larson lost before becoming Captain Marvel.
Pregnant Women at Airport – Bridesmaids
A rejoinder to sugary romcoms, Bridesmaids, is an audacious take on the ladies’ joys and terrors in waiting. The star-studded cast features Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Wendi McClendon Covey, Ellie Kemper, Rebel Wilson, and Jill Clayburgh. All of them contribute their laughs to the tumultuous event of the series.
Larson opted for a nameless pregnant woman who was set to appear in an airport scene — and she did it. Regrettably, the character ended up being written out of the script as production summoned. Larson had quite the cachet from audition anyway for nailing it, considering it was with writer and director Judd Apatow, who doesn’t let actors read scripted material — instead, asks them to create the content to use at the audition. Larson was nervous about that process and said the character she fabricated was born out of keenness in the waiting room.
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Juno MacGuff and Leah – Juno
Ellen Page pulled out every inch of the character Juno MacGuff in Diablo Cody’s 2007 comedy Juno. The film draws attention to the main themes that are love, how to live life, and pro adulthood. Here the protagonist gets pregnant after a one-time gambol with her high school boyfriend, played by Michael Cera. At first, she chooses the abortion path but eventually gave birth to a baby boy.
Brie Larson has flabbergasted everyone throughout her career and would have outshined through the character, given a chance. She was also considered for Leah, Juno’s best friend, and didn’t score there either, which made her feel disappointed. Later in an interview with one of her close friends, she mentioned how getting cast in this one left Larson admittedly “devastated.”
Tracy Freeland – Thirteen
An emotionally wrenching, not to mention a terrifying film about the perils of being a teenager. The semi-autobiographical movie was co-written by Nikki Reed, who played the antagonist Evie to Evan Rachel Wood’s Tracy. Tracy is a smart straight-A student. If not a little naive and wanting to fit in, she befriends Evie, the most popular and beautiful girl. Evie leads Tracy down a path of sex, drugs and petty crime. Evie even crawls her way into living at Tracy’s home and manipulating Tracy’s mom, played by Holly Hunter, who was nothing short of riveting.
Thirteen came into the big screen in 2003, and Larson was herself a teenager when she auditioned to play Tracy. Along with Juno, this was a hard loss for her and utterly makes sense. Though she was an old stager, that’s still a young age to process that type of rejection.
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Jyn Erso – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
After Brie Larson amalgamated with MCU, she may have hardly any regrets of not being able to be a team of the Stars Wars franchise. The Jyn Erso role was played instead by Felicity Jones, who started her acting career as a child-like Larson. But the two have other homologs. The year before Larson took home the Oscar, Jones was a Best Actress nominee for her performance in The Theory of Everything, about the life of physicist Stephen Hawking.
The story is the first in the Star Wars compendium series, which later expanded to include 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, and it takes place just before the original Star Wars blockbuster. Brie Larson didn’t get to help destroy the Galactic Republic’s super-weapon, but she did get a chance, years later, to tell Rogue One writer Gary Whitta about losing out.
Wendy Darling – Peter Pan
This novel extracted movie was released in 2003. The classic book was about a boy who didn’t want to grow up. Many young actors tried their luck for Peter Pan’s friend Wendy, including Brie Larson, Kristen Stewart, and Emma Roberts. But whatever happens, is for good and Larson went for record-breaking deals further.
After losing the role to Rachel Hurd-Wood, she penned the song “Invisible Girl,” Record executive Tommy Mottola heard the track and signed her to his label. She released a full-length record called Finally Out of P.E., about which she now says, “I wish it didn’t exist.” This is quite relatable.
Albeit that release finds her looking back with recoil, music has always fascinated her, and it’s a passion she still pursues. She’s posted many YouTube videos covering songs written by some of her favorite musicians, including artists such as Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift.
Katniss Everdeen – Hunger Games
Jennifer Lawrence hit the big time with the role of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise, which has already shown her combat abilities playing Mystique in X-Men: First Class. But it would have been enticing to watch Brie Larson as arduous Katniss Everdeen. Her intense training to perform Captain Marvel included long days at the gym, intense strength-training exercises, and pushing a Jeep.
After witnessing the compassionate Brie Larson who performed the year in Room, it would have also been alluring to see her as Everdeen, who needed mental and physical power. She must be disappointed to lose out on the role, but the repercussions aftermath was just overwhelming.
Sarah Connor – Terminator Genisys
It’s out of the question that we talk about action movies and don’t bring The Terminator into the picture. Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in the title role, playing a cyborg assassin sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor (enacted by Linda Hamilton). In Terminator Genisys, there is a soft reboot of the Terminator film series, taking the original film’s basic story in another direction. It follows Kyle Reese, a soldier in a post-apocalyptic war against Skynet, who is sent from 2029 to 1984 to avert Sarah Connor’s death.
The original dazzled a crowd of fans and descendants for various media. It’s no wonder Brie Larson was among the stars jostled to play Connor in the movie. Ultimately, Emilia Clarke — a.k.a. Daenerys Targaryen — got the role.