HOLLYWOOD: Marvel has cast newcomer Iman Vellani to play the lead role in the Disney+ series Ms Marvel, reports Deadline.
Ms Marvel is Pakistani-American teenager Kamala Khan, and the character will front a live-action TV series on Disney+. This was announced in August and the show is currently slated for a 2021 release.
Marvel announced the series in 2019 during D23 Expo and after recently naming Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon as directors on the project, the makers have made the big announcement of the lead actor.
Marvel chief Kevin Feige had earlier hinted that the character might become a part of Marvel movies as well.
Eternals actor Kumail Nanjiani took to Twitter to welcome Iman to the Marvel family and shared, “I just saw they cast Ms Marvel and legit got teary-eyed. Congratulations Iman Vellani! Your work is going to mean so much to so many people, myself included. I can’t wait.”
Writer-actor Mindy Kaling expressed her joy and tweeted, “What a joy in these trying times to see that #MsMarvel (a Pakistani American teen superhero!) has cast its lead role, a young actress named Iman Vellani! Congrats to you! I can’t wait to see the show! #RepresentationMatters”
In an interview with the CBC, Vellani referred to herself as a Pakistani-American-Muslim teenager with immigrant parents.
According to the outlet, Vellani dreams of becoming a cinematographer. A Vimeo account listed for Vellani includes a short film titled, Push, which she directed.
Although this marks Vellani’s first major Hollywood production, she already has made tries to help diversify the industry. At the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, she was part of the Next Wave Committee, which was tasked with adding a special tag to films — already programmed into other categories — which they believed would resonate with their peers.
I just saw they cast Ms. Marvel and legit got teary eyed.
Congratulations Iman Vellani! Your work is going to mean so much to so many people, myself included. I can’t wait.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 30, 2020
What a joy in these trying times to see that #MsMarvel (a Pakistani American teen superhero!) has cast its lead role, a young actress named Iman Vellani! Congrats to you! I can’t wait to see the show! ❤️❤️❤️❤️#RepresentationMatters
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) September 30, 2020