The Ms. Marvel series at Disney+ has added another cast member to its ranks.
According to Deadline, actress Laurel Marsden has officially joined the cast of the upcoming Disney+ original series, Ms. Marvel.
The forthcoming live action series focuses on Ms. Marvel, a Pakistani American whose real name is Kamala Khan. Kamala Khan is a 16-year-old teen superhero who lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her abilities include shapeshifting, elasticity, and polymorphism.
Known as Marvel’s first Muslim character to headline her own comic book, Kamala Khan was created by Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, and first appeared as part of the August 2013 Captain Marvel issue.
For the series, Laure Marsden will take on the role of Zoe Zimmer. Zoe attends Coles Academic High alongside Kamala, and is described as being a popular girl who’s a frenemy to the titular teenage heroine.
As for Ms. Marvel herself, the studio announced back in September that newcomer Iman Vellani had officially scored the titular role in the forthcoming Marvel series.
Behind the camera, Bisha K Ali is set to serve as a writer on the series. Those who have already signed on to direct episodes include Bad Boys For Life vets Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Meera Menon.
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Production on the highly anticipated live-action Marvel show has already kicked off out in Atlanta.
Disney+ plans to debut its Ms. Marvel series some time later in 2021.
Disney is offering up another glimpse of Raya and the Last Dragon— this time, featuring an all new original song by Jhené Aiko.
Update (2/19/21): The brand new sneak peek for Disney’s highly anticipated animated feature originally hit the internet on Friday (February 19). As we watch Raya embark on the journey that lies before her, we’re also given a taste of the film’s lead single.
Titled “Lead the Way,” the all new original song is written and performed by Grammy Award nominated artist, Jhené Aiko.
Also involved in the music of Raya and the Last Dragon is Grammy Award winning composer James Newton-Howard (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), who created the original score for the movie.
Jhené Aiko fans can catch “Lead the Way,” during the end credits for the movie. Additionally, the single will also be available on the soundtrack, which drops on February 26.
Disney’s newest Raya and the Last Dragon sneak peek comes hot on the heels of the studio debuting a behind the scenes featurette for the film.
You can check out the featurette, in which the cast and crew talk about what it took to bring the movie to the big screen, below!
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Disney is giving fans a peek at what it took to bring Raya and the Last Dragon to life in an all new behind the scenes featurette.
Released on Thursday (February 18), the newest Raya and the Last Dragon sneak peek finds stars Kelly Marie Tran (Raya) and Awkwafina (Sisu), along with filmmakers on the project talking about what inspired the story, characters, and the martial arts sequences in the film.
“We were inspired by things about Southeast Asia to create the wholly original story and fantasy world called Kumandra,” explains Qui Nguyen, who teamed up to write the screenplay with Adele Lim.
Story aside, the all new featurette also details how Raya’s 400 plus film crew went about creating Disney’s newest animated feature film almost entirely from home amidst the ongoing pandemic.
Finally, Nguyen also spoke about being a martial arts consultant on the film and how his knowledge of Southeast Asia directly influenced the fight sequences moviegoers will see when Raya and the Last Dragon premieres next month.
“You see weapons get pulled out from Raya that are Eskrima that that come from the Philippines.” Explains Nguyen. “When you see Raya fall into a fight stance, you can go, ‘That’s Arnis. That’s Muay Thai. That’s Krabi-Krabong.’”
Check out the all new featurette for Raya and the Last Dragon below!
Disney has lined up a star-studded voice cast for the highly anticipated animated movie, which, in addition to Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina, includes: Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Jona Xiao, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk, Gordon Ip, Dichen Lachman, Patti Harrison, Jon “Dumbfoundead” Park, Sung Kang, Sierra Katow, Ross Butler, François Chau and Paul Yen.
Behind the camera, Don Hall and Carlos Lopez Estrada served as directors on the project, with Paul Briggs an John Ripa serving as co-directors.
Raya and the Last Dragon debuts in theaters and via Premiere Access on Disney+ for $29.99 on March 5, 2021.