Sharmeen Obaid becomes first Pakistani film-maker to helm Marvel film

By: News Desk      Published: 02:09 PM, 19 Sep, 2020
Sharmeen Obaid becomes first Pakistani film-maker to helm Marvel film

Two-time Oscar winner in the documentary short category Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will be helping bring Marvel Studios’ first Muslim hero to the big screen, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

Written by Bisha K Ali, Ms Marvel introduces the first Pakistani and Muslim superhero, named Kamala Khan, into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has also said that the first onscreen Muslim superhero will be featured in future Marvel films as well, in addition to the series.

The studio is presently searching for an actor who could play the role of the hero who depicts her struggles as a Pakistani-American woman with a religious family.

Sharmeen will be co-directing the much-anticipated Ms Marvel with Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah and Meera Menon, whose credits include episodes of The Walking Dead, The Punisher, Titans, Dirty John and Outlander.

Obaid-Chinoy on the other hand, became the first Pakistani to win an Oscar in 2012 with her documentary, Saving Face. She bagged another Academy Award in 2015 for, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.

Menon, who is also on the directing roaster for Ms Marvel, has been working for TV shows like You, For All Mankind and episodes of The Walking Dead. She is also known for her 2013 indie road trip comedy, Farah Goes Bang.