Iman Vellani is the new Ms Marvel
Marvel announced the series in 2019 during D23 Expo and after recently naming Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon as directors on the project, the makers have made the big announcement of the lead actor.
Eternals actor Kumail Nanjiani took to Twitter to welcome Iman to the Marvel family and shared, “I just saw they cast Ms Marvel and legit got teary-eyed. Congratulations Iman Vellani! Your work is going to mean so much to so many people, myself included. I can’t wait.”
Writer-actor Mindy Kaling expressed her joy and tweeted, “What a joy in these trying times to see that #MsMarvel (a Pakistani American teen superhero!) has cast its lead role, a young actress named Iman Vellani! Congrats to you! I can’t wait to see the show! #RepresentationMatters”
In an interview with the CBC, Vellani referred to herself as a Pakistani-American-Muslim teenager with immigrant parents.
According to the outlet, Vellani dreams of becoming a cinematographer. A Vimeo account listed for Vellani includes a short film titled, Push, which she directed.