The addition of Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan will be a welcome piece of good news for the production timeline of Ms. Marvel and for fans who are looking forward to the show. Interestingly, a previous rumor suggests that Ms. Marvel will begin filming later this year, and this casting addition lines up with that.
Deadline shared in a report that Iman Vellani has been tapped to play Kamala Khan for MCU’s Ms. Marvel Disney+ series.
The outlet noted that Vellani was part of the Next Wave Committee at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival “which was tasked with adding a special tag to films” that “would resonate with their peers.” This essentially means that the actress is already making an effort to “help diversify the industry:”
“Though this marks Vellani’s first major Hollywood production, she has already made tries in trying 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
Ms. Marvel showrunner Bisha K. Ali also reacted to the news of Vellani joining the Marvel series
— Bisha K. Ali (@bishakali) September 30, 2020
The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit shared the casting process of Ms. Marvel by revealing that Marvel Studios was testing actresses “in the summer” and that they made their decision by “late August/early September:”
Marvel was testing actresses in the summer and made their decision by late August/early September, choosing this Canadian up-and-comer. https://t.co/i4o0wDJEy1
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) September 30, 2020
It’s worth noting that it was already rumored back then that Kamala will appear in Captain Marvel 2 before her first solo series, and there’s a chance that Vellani could suit up first for the sequel, similar to what Tom Holland did for Captain America: Civil War before Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Regardless, landing an actress for the role of Kamala could prove vital to the interconnected storytelling of the MCU since it will open up the possibility of the character appearing in other projects.