Markham teen cast as Ms. Marvel from Disney

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Iman Vellani’s Instagram bio reads as follows:

“Dream big. It could come true.

The 18-year-old Markham, Ont. Native has been cast for the titular role in the new Disney Plus series’ Ms. Wonder.’

After a long process and many auditions, Marvel finally chose the Canadian teenager as the right one for the role.

The role is Vellani’s first major Hollywood project. But she did have a role at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

Vellani is an alumnus of the TIFF Next Wave committee. The TIFF 2019 committee was made up of 12 GTA student film buffs from all walks of life.

The committee is focused on highlighting under-represented voices in films.

Vellani told CBC last year the committees’ desire to see stories told from diverse backgrounds.

“We want stories from different genders, from different countries and from different people.”

The new series revolves around the fictional superhero Kamala Khan. Khan is a Pakistani-American teenager based in New Jersey.

Khan is the first Muslim Marvel character to make the front page of his own comic book. The character made her comic book debut ‘Captain Marvel’ in August 2013 before earning her own solo series in early 2014.

In addition to appearing in the series, the character will appear in future Marvel Cinematic Universe films.



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