‘I knew my ten-year-old self would hate me if I didn’t audition,’ says Iman Vellani who’s set to debut in Marvel Studios’ Ms. Marvel on Disney+ Hotstar from June 8

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Welcoming its first-ever South-Asian superhero to Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney+ Hotstar is all geared up to present Marvel Studios’ Ms Marvel in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam, with new episodes dropping every week starting June 8, 2022. The series introduces Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan aka Ms Marvel, a teenage superhero who is thrust into a remarkably rich, new mythology that takes her to exciting places where she discovers truths about her past and family. An avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe growing up in New Jersey, Kamala is a superhero megafan with an oversized imagination— particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel. After feeling like a misfit at school and sometimes even at home, her life takes a new turn as she is bestowed with superpowers that change her life forever.

Talking about her excitement to play Ms. Marvel,  Iman said, “I got cast on the last day of high school. I was hanging out with my friends, and I got a text from the casting director to come on a video conference call. So I come on the call, and it’s Kevin Feige and all the producers and directors. But I didn’t even notice them because I am obsessed with Kevin Feige and Marvel. Kevin said, ‘it’s unanimous, we want you to be Ms. Marvel, and I just went into complete shock,” she added.

Getting the opportunity to play Ms. Marvel was very personal to the young actress.

“The idea of playing Ms. Marvel was just so natural because of the parallels between my life and Kamala’s in the story,” she said. “We are so much alike, and I have so much love for the character, which is why I sent in an audition tape. I didn’t want to be an actor, but because it was Ms. Marvel and I have loved the comic for years, it felt like I had no choice because I knew my ten-year-old self would hate me if I didn’t audition,” she added.

Iman Vellani makes her acting debut as Ms. Marvel, and is supported by a diverse and deeply talented supporting cast including Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Saagar Shaikh and Rish Shah as Kamran, Mehwish Hayat, Samina Ahmed, Laurel Marsden, Arian Moayed, Adaku Ononogbo, Alysia Reiner, Azhar Usman, Laith Nakli, Nimra Bucha and Travina Springer, with Aramis Knight.  The series has been directed by Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Meera Mohan and two-time Academy Award® winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy with Bisha K Ali as the head writer. Meanwhile, the series has been executive produced by Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Adil & Bilall, Bisha K. Ali and Sana Amanat.

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