DeWanda Wise Chooses not to Star in “Captain Marvel”

DeWanda Wise. Photo by Sansho Scott/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9139726gi)

After recurring roles in TV shows like Underground and Shots Fired, DeWanda Wise landed a lead role in Spike Lee’s Netflix comedy-drama She’s Gotta Have It in 2017. This year she was supposed to have her first major movie role, being announced as one of the cast members of superhero movie Captain Marvel. Well, it looks like the movies will have to wait. Wise confirmed she had to drop the movie in favor of She’s Gotta Have It season two due to scheduling conflicts.

“It’s true,” Wise wrote on her social media. “I will no longer be in Captain Marvel because the schedule conflicts with season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It.”

“Last week I felt pretty devastated—this week is leaps and bounds better,” the 33-year-old added. “You see, if you had told me that this would happen any year prior to 2016, I would have doubled over with laughter. But here we are—at a moment in culture where scheduling conflicts are rapidly replacing lack of options, and I feel absolutely blessed to be here.”

After appearing in series of short movies, DeWanda Wise had her television acting debut with a guest appearance on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She then appeared in The Good Wife, The Mentalist, and Sorta My Thing while also landing smaller roles in several movies. In 2017 she landed the lead role in She’s Gotta Have, the modern television remake of Spike Lee’s 1986 movie of the same name.

Captain Marvel is scheduled for release on March 8, 2019, with Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, Kong: Skull Island, and The Glass Castle) playing the titular role. Other cast members include Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, and Gemma Chan. Captain Marvel will be directed Mississippi Grind’s duo, Anna Boden, and Ryan Fleck.