DeWanda Wise explains why she didn’t play Maria Rambeau
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the most successful film franchises in history. When you score a role in the MCU, you take it, right? It’s not always that simple, and sometimes choosing not to go down such a path works better for everyone involved. This is what happened for By Wanda Sage and Captain Marvel.
During an episode of Ladies Night Collider celebrating his remarkable work by joining the Jurassic franchise as Kayla Watts, Wise explained what it was really like when she scored the role of Maria Rambeau in the 2019 MCU release only to have to leave the project two months after her casting announcement. .
How does it feel to make such an important career decision? How do you come to choose one project over another? Wise noted, “It wasn’t a choice.” She went on to say that a rather painful part of the process comes from “how the public processes the news or the assumptions they make about how Hollywood works or the choices artists have or don’t have.” . Wise explained that “unless you’re a super defensive person and you just have to go to Twitter and you have to go to Instagram” to detail what happened, it’s unlikely that the audience fully understands what is happening to navigate such a situation.
For Wise, it was about getting involved and honoring the initial commitment she had made.
“I committed to She’s Gotta Have It. When you commit to something, you commit to it. And it just so happened that when they decided to basically extend the role in Captain Marvel a little longer, a little bigger, it clashed with a very specific moment that we were shooting in season 2, a very special episode that we were shooting that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world when we were shooting in Puerto Rico.
Was it easy to leave the role of Maria in Captain Marvel go? Absolutely not, but Wise pointed out that there were many significant upsides to that outcome, including the experience she had filming that Puerto Rico episode of She must have it.
“It was experientially, spiritually and personally one of the most remarkable and defining moments of my life. So it was painful. It was painful to be told no at the time. It wasn’t something I didn’t have to cry and process and be like, wow, that was a really big opportunity that seemed, at the time, like it was taken away from me, but now of course, when you play it again and you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m playing a pilot. Here’s why. Here’s why. That’s why it didn’t happen, so I could do it this way.” And also not for nothing, Lashana Lynch, y’all! She’s so good! So you’re welcome! You see what I want say ?
Wise also noted the possibility that Lynch’s work in Captain Marvel could have paved the way for him to play the role of Nomi in no time to die.
“And who knows whether or not she would have done Bond, which was also a role that had just been made for her. Who knows what Hollywood needed to make that happen for her, so look, I’m happy here.
So not only did we end up with a stellar Maria in Captain Marvel thanks to Lynch, but the way things turned out also meant that Wise could take on another gem of a project, the charming Netflix romantic comedy, A good person. Sage explained:
“What happened was I couldn’t do Captain Marvel and the next day I texted Gina [Rodriguez] and I said, “I feel like there’s a role for me in your movie.” So that’s also part of it. I wouldn’t have done Someone Great if I was in Captain Marvel. And the experience of working on this film changed my life as well. I have a lot ! But it was also life changing because it really set the bar for what I wanted my experience on set to be because we were having as much fun as it seemed like we had to make this movie. And it was the first time I had this experience where the final thing, the finished product – I don’t want to say I didn’t care, but the working process was so beautiful and so precious, it just gave me that feeling that was just like, ‘Well, I hope other people like it because I do!’
In the end, it turned into a win-win scenario! Lynch is an outstanding pilot in Captain Marvel and Wise is a major scene stealer as pilot Kayla Watts in Jurassic World Dominion. But, if you’re still wondering how close Wise came to playing Maria in the MCU, she laughed and noted:
“The thing about season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It is that I was already training for Captain Marvel, so Nola Darling has muscles for no reason. I don’t know if anyone understood that. Nobody seems to have noticed, but she was broached for no reason in season 2 of this series.
Looking for even more Wise on his journey from studying at NYU to joining one of the most epic movie franchises in history? Keep an eye out for her full episode of Collider Ladies Night ahead, just in time for the June 10 release of Jurassic World Dominion!