Marvel Studios continues to fill out the cast for its burgeoning small-screen universe on Disney+. Deadline brings word that actress Iman Vellani has been chosen to headline the studio’s upcoming Ms. Marvel series as Kamala Khan. You can check out the announcement via Twitter below.
Newcomer Iman Vellani To Play Title Role In Marvel’s ‘Ms. Marvel’ Series For Disney Plus https://t.co/ZOfdPK4qV5
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 30, 2020
Kamala is still a relatively new character within Marvel’s comic book universe. She became Marvel’s first Muslim character to star in her own comic book series when she debuted in 2013. Subsequently, Kamala became one of comics’ breakout characters of the past decade. Earlier this year, Kamala was also featured as a central character in the Marvel’s Avengers video game.
Vellani herself is a newcomer to the entertainment industry, and this series will be her first major Hollywood production. While Vellani doesn’t have many credits to her name, she’s made other efforts toward encouraging representation onscreen. According to Deadline’s report, Vellani was part of the Next Wave Committee at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. This group sought to add a “special tag to films — already programmed into other categories — which they believed would resonate with their peers.”
Previously, Bad Boys For Life helmers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah signed on to direct episodes of the series. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon will direct additional episodes. Bisha K. Ali is acting as the series’ showrunner.
News of Vellani’s casting comes almost two weeks after Tatiana Maslany was cast to headline the She-Hulk series. The studio is also developing new live-action shows headlined by Moon Knight and Nick Fury. Disney+’s first MCU series, WandaVision, will premiere later this year. It will be followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, and What If…? in 2021.
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