The Search for She-Hulk Continues
Despite early reports, Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany will not be playing the role of Jennifer Walters, also known as She-Hulk. Many Shulkie fans were excited about this casting decision.
As the search for She-Hulk continues, maybe Marvel Studios will consider bringing in the help of the hero’s cousin, Bruce Branner (a.k.a. the Incredible Mark Ruffalo). Maybe the additional help will allow filming to begin on the soon-to-be smash hit, at least once it is safe for the crew and actors.
In September, Deadline broke the news Tatiana Maslany would play the lead role in Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk series for Disney+. Marvel did not respond to Deadline’s inquiry about the casting decision when the industry trade tried to contact the studio for comment. Nevertheless, the story spread fast.
Variety corroborated it “from sources” of its own. Once again, the news outlet printed the report without a confirmation from Marvel Studios. Maslany’s reps also declined to comment on the Variety story. This type of reporting is a common practice in the industry. However, maybe fans should have taken that as a sign that this casting decision was not meant to be.
The Search for She-Hulk Continues
Nearly one month after the announcement, the Orphan Black star refuted the claim that she was playing the superhuman lawyer in She-Hulk. And, this Shulkie fan is sad the girl did not say gamma. In an interview with the Canadian newspaper The Sudbury Star, Maslany said it was just a rumor.
Speaking with the Ontario newspaper in October, Maslany said:
Q: I was hoping to ask you about some of the stuff you’ve got going on too. Obviously, you are the new She-Hulk, which is a pretty big deal —
A: That actually isn’t a real thing and it’s like a press release that’s gotten out of hand. It’s totally not — I’ve been connected to these things in the past and press has gotten onto it, but it’s not actually a thing, unfortunately.
Q: Seriously? I think I even saw it on the BBC, like serious news outlets.
A: Yeah, I don’t know how these things get — I don’t know, I don’t know. You know better; I have no idea. (Laughs.)
However, Maslany would not become the first actor to refute casting claims confirmed by Marvel — Paul Rudd and Brie Larson. (Although this writer is still hoping for the long-shot casting of Alison Brie as my favorite superhuman lawyer: Jennifer Walters, esquire.)
Other Details About the Disney+ Series Remain Slight
Although the search for She-Hulk continues at Marvel, Disney has confirmed some details about the show.
According to reports thus far, Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty) will be the show’s head writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Gao wrote the Rick and Morty season three fan-favorite episode “Pickle Rick,” which earned her an Emmy Award (and lots of fans screaming “Pickle Rick” at their therapists).
Additionally, Deadline broke the news that Kat Coiro (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Dead to Me) will direct the series pilot and several episodes. Coiro will also serve as an executive producer on the show.
She-Hulk is one of several live-action shows coming to Disney+, with several of the series slated to feature stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. WandaVision, The Falcon and Winter Soldier, and Loki are all still in production and slated to start debuting this year.
Stay tuned to MarvelBlog for more developments as details about Marvel’s Phase Four continue to emerge!
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