“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.
“Speechless and excited! Wish me luck, ”says Markham teenager Iman Vellani of her casting as Marvel’s newest superhero, Ms. Marvel, the first Muslim hero in the Marvel Universe. (She has stretching powers and should not be confused with Captain Marvel from the movie.) @ 680NEWS pic.twitter.com/OQGfPA3V0n
– Mark Douglas (@ Douglas680NEWS) September 30, 2020
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.”
I just saw that they picked Ms. Marvel and they had tears in their eyes.
Congratulations Iman Vellani! Your job is going to mean so much to so many people, including me. I look forward.
– Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 30, 2020
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.