Jurassic World: Dominion Almost Lost One Of Its Stars Because of Captain Marvel

2022-06-07 07:31:39 By : Mr. Addison Xu

Jurassic World star DeWanda Wise opens up about her departure from her former Captain Marvel role, saying she "did not choose to leave."

Jurassic World: Dominion star DeWanda Wise clarifies her exit from Marvel's Captain Marvel. Wise plays pilot Kayla Watts in the threequel, starring alongside MCU Starlord Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. Sam Neill, who played Alan in the original Jurassic Park series, will also reprise his role. The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow, who directed the first installment of the Chris Pratt Jurassic trilogy, Jurassic World (2015). 

Before Jurassic World: Dominion , Wise was most known for her role in the Spike Lee Netflix TV series She's Gotta Have It . Before that, she mostly acted in film shorts and one-off TV roles, before also having roles in the Netflix films Someone Great and Fatherhood . Wise was initially slated to star alongside Brie Larson and Jude Law in Captain Marvel , making her first entry into the MCU as Maria Rambeau, Carol's friend and former Air Force pilot. However, she had to exit the role when the actress had schedule conflicts with She's Gotta Have It . Lashana Lynch took on the role of Maria Rambeau in her stead. 

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Wise now explains her leave from Captain Marvel in a new video from Gizmodo . Instead of Captain Marvel , Jurassic World: Dominion will now be Wise's first big blockbuster role. The would-be- Captain Marvel  star clarified that she did not choose to leave her role in Captain Marvel. Instead, her contractual obligation to Lee's Netflix TV show  She's Gotta Have It  prevented her from taking the part . Wise also mentioned an essential philosophy in her career: she does not repeat roles. According to Wise, if she had stayed in the Captain Marvel role before Trevorrow called her about the role in Jurassic World: Dominion , she would not have accepted it due to this personal policy. Check out Wise's full explanation: 

“I did not choose to leave. Like, I would never make that choice for myself, that sounds ridiculous. You sign a contract for a TV show and it's in first position, and that's just a responsible... you have audience members who are like, 'I would've taken a lawsuit.' Good for you. I don't wanna be sued! Not trying to be sued by Spike Lee and Netflix. So, you know, at the time it was very disappointing, and also difficult in that context."

She continues, explaining her philosophy regarding repeating roles:

"Maria was a pilot, and... I don't repeat performances. So If I had played in Captain Marvel, if I'd already played a pilot, and then Colin [Trevorrow] called me for this and he's like 'Guess what? She's a pilot,' I would've been like 'I'm so sorry, I don't believe in capitalism. You're gonna have to find someone else.' I just think everything happens in the timing that it's meant to happen, and I'm very thankful to be here now."

It is clear that passing up the Captain Marvel role was a move that did not come easily to Wise, but one she had to make due to her other TV obligations. Given the past interest in Wise from the Captain Marvel team and Trevorrow's casting of her in Jurassic World: Dominion , it is clear that her work in She's Gotta Have It has been highly regarded. Despite being brand new to the blockbuster film scene, Wise is an actress already in high demand.

Wise will finally get her chance in a pilot's seat as Kayla Watts in Jurassic World: Dominion . Breaking into the mainstream Hollywood scene, albeit not through Captain Marvel, could be a major step for Wise and her career, given her current background in smaller projects. With Jurassic World: Dominion , Wise will show her acting chops on the silver screen and to a much wider audience. Perhaps more directors will be fighting to get Wise in their shooting schedule once Jurassic World: Dominion hits theaters on June 10, 2022. 

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