In January it was announced that actress DeWanda Wise would be joining the cast of the upcoming comic book film, Captain Marvel. That same month, it was also announced that the show that made her a breakout star, Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It, would be renewed for Season 2. According to reports, it is her commitment to the series, based on the film by Spike Lee, that is the reason she will now be exiting Captain Marvel.
Per a new report from Deadline, sources close to the production said that scheduling conflicts with SGHI have caused the 33-year-old star to pull out from the project.
The actress was set to join Academy Award winner Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and Jude Law in the Marvel Studios film, which centers on Larson’s character of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. Larson plays an Air Force pilot whose DNA ended up being fused with an alien’s during an accident, thus resulting in her acquiring a wealth of superpowers, including substantially increased strength, the ability to fly and energy projection.
It’s unclear what role Wise was cast to play in the film, but it definitely could have been a major opportunity. Marvel projects pretty much always get sequels and more film roles for the star would have ensured more exposure. It also would have been a good movie role for an actress who for the most part, has done mostly short film projects. But either the contract she has for the series, or her own personal commitment to it as the star, have made trying to juggle both projects impossible.
Just a week ago, Wise revealed that some “challenging news” she received had caused her to struggle with feelings of depression:
But despite those struggles and the news of her departure from Captain Marvel, Wise shared with fans this week that she’s feeling and doing much better.