Jude Law Joins ‘Captain Marvel’

It’s not often that single character from a TV series becomes a meme, but Jude Law‘s titular “The Young Pope” enjoyed a brief life on the Twittersphere earlier this year. Cinephiles in particular were charmed by the eccentric character. And while that probably had little bearing on Marvel‘s decision to recruit the actor for their cinematic universe, it does remind us that the only superhero we want Law to play is The Young Pope.

Anyway, I digress — Jude Law has been cast in “Captain Marvel.” Of course, there are no details about his role being revealed at the moment, except that he’ll be mentor of sorts to Brie Larson‘s Carol Danvers. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (“Half Nelson,” “Mississippi Grind“) are directing the movie, Marvel’s first standalone film led by a female superhero. Intriguingly, it will be set during the ’90s, and Samuel L. Jackson is expected to return as Nick Fury.

Production on “Captain Marvel” begins next year and it will open on March 8, 2019. [Variety]