After officially learning Brie Larson will star in the title role at Comic-Con last month, the media focus shifted to who will eventually direct the Oscar winner in Captain MarvelThe Hollywood Reporter has identified three top contenders: Niki Caro (McFarland, USA), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland) and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldThe Meddler). 

THR cautions that all contenders are still in the relatively early stages of Marvel Studios’ extensive hiring process and more names could be added to the short list. Marvel Studios has the gift of time in making this decision, as Captain Marvel is not due in theaters until March 8, 2019. Pre-production is probably a year away from beginning in earnest.

According to THR, the next step for each filmmaker is to draft a presentation of her vision for the film, based on a treatment received from Marvel Studios. That sounds consistent with the stories of previous Marvel directors who’ve publicly described how they were hired.

I’m going to have to do some homework on Leli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria, but Niki Caro impressed me with McFarland, USA. I found the Disney sports feature to be one of the most underrated films of 2015 and you can read my review here.

Captain Marvel is being written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out). Marvel Studios had no comment on THR‘s report and likely will not comment until a director is chosen.