Brie Larson celebrates as Gemma Chan joins cast of Captain Marvel

Chan will play Minn-Erva.

Brie Larson has hailed the casting of Humans star Gemma Chan in Captain Marvel, saying: “The sisterhood is expanding!”

The British star will play opposite the Oscar winner in the new Marvel film, due for release in March 2019.

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Brie Larson (Chris J Ratcliffe/PA)

Chan, who starred as Madam Ya Zhou in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, will play Minn-Erva in the first Marvel film to focus on a female superhero, while Larson will play Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel.

She announced the news on Twitter, writing: “Very excited to be joining the MCU #CaptainMarvel,” and Larson shared the post, adding: “The sisterhood is expanding! Congrats @Gemma_Chan1.”

The film will also star Jude Law, Samuel L Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn.

Chan is best known for playing a conscious robot, known as a synth, in the Channel 4 series Humans and will soon be seen on the big screen in Crazy Rich Asian and Mary Queen Of Scots.

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