Academy-Award nominated director Ava DuVernay could be in line to helm one of Marvel’s diverse superhero flick, likely Black Panther. According to the The Wrap Marvel execs have already met with DuVernay in attempts to court the sought-after director.
Black Panther isn’t slated for release until 2018, giving Marvel plenty of time to secure their dream director. A job of this magnitude would be a huge look for DuVernay, whose directorial work on Selma made her the first Black female director to be nominated for an Oscar.
If Marvel can snag her for the film, she will become the studio’s first Black and first female director ever. The studio is also looking for a woman to direct, Captain Marvel.
Curiously enough, the directing rumors came out Tuesday (May 12), the same day the American Civil Liberties Union accused studios of overwhelming gender bias. The ACLU has requested state lawmakers and legislatures look into the hiring practices of Hollywood studios, networks, and talent agencies.