At last year’s D23, Disney and Marvel put an end to years of speculation by officially announcing a television series centering around She-Hulk for its streaming service, Disney Plus – and now, after yet another year of speculation as to who will play the titular heroine, Marvel has finally revealed the answer – and it’s none other than Tatiana Maslany, star of Orphan Black.
The news that Maslany had landed the coveted role of Jennifer Walters was broken earlier today after previously revealing that Kat Coiro has been hired to direct several episodes, including the series pilot.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) September 17, 2020
Tatiana Maslany shot you fame with her role in the aforementioned Orphan Black, which saw her not only in the lead role, but also playing several variations of the lead character who were revealed to be clones. In this role, Maslany won an Emmy, two Critic’s Choice Awards, five Canadian Screen awards, and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award. She was also recently seen in the Robert Downey Jr. produced HBO series Perry Mason, opposite Matthew Rhys in the lead role.
For those unaware, She-Hulk is gamma powered alter-ego of Jennifer Walters, a mild mannered attorney who also happens to be the cousin of Bruce Banner, better known as The Incredible Hulk. After receiving an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin, Walters finds herself imbued with his Gamma powers – although unlike her cousin, still retains much of her personality and intellect.
It’s currently unknown whether Mark Ruffalo will reprise his role as Bruce Banner or the Hulk in the series but it’s pretty likely he will at least make an appearance based on how entwined the characters origin is with the character. Ruffalo certainly seems interested in appearing in the show based on comments he made last year. It’s likely that more details will start to be revealed in the near future as the show begins to take shape. Rick and Morty writer, Jessica Gao, has already been hired to act as lead writer.
When the series will begin production is another question – as most of the entertainment industry is rife with uncertainty at the moment. It was announced just this week that the first Disney Plus Marvel series, WandaVision, will in fact be hitting the service this year – whilst Loki and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier are expected to debut in 2021 once filming is completed.
With Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe being delayed six months as of writing, it’s definitely refreshing to have some sort of concrete information about the franchise. Be sure to check back for more.
What do you think? Are you excited for She-Hulk? Do you think Tatiana Maslany will do a good job as Jennifer Walters? Let us know below!