Newcomer Laurel Marsden has reportedly been cast as Zoe Zimmer in Ms. Marvel, the upcoming Disney+ series that centers on teen superhero Kamala Khan.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marsden, who recently starred in Quibi’s Survive, has now joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She will reportedly appear alongside Iman Vellani, who has already been cast in the title role, playing Marvel’s first mainstream Muslim hero in the highly anticipated live-action series, which is expected to debut on Disney+ sometime in late 2021.
In the comic books, Marsden’s character was introduced over the pages of 2014’s Ms. Marvel (Vol. 3) #1, written by G. Willow Wilson with art from Adrian Alphona. In fact, Zoe was the first person that Ms. Marvel rescued – after she fell into the Hudson River – despite being initially perceived as somewhat of a “frenemy” to Khan at Coles Academic High School.
As a relative newcomer in Hollywood, Marsden made her TV series debut in Quibi’s Survive opposite Sophie Turner. Though the streaming service was short-lived, Survive was one of the shows that deserved a watch. The thrilling drama followed the harrowing journey of two plane crash survivors who were forced to battle brutal conditions and personal traumas on their way out of the wilderness.
Ms. Marvel’s cast also includes Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Naki, Azher Usman, Travina Springer, and Nimra Bucha. Episodes will be directed by Bad Boys for Life duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, together with The Walking Dead helmer Meera Menon, and Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
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Disney has already confirmed that both Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau will appear in Captain Marvel 2, forging new ties between the upcoming series and the MCU movie, which is currently in the works with Nia DaCosta directing. Captain Marvel 2 is slated for release on November 11, 2022, after Ms. Marvel has premiered on Disney+.
For more on Marvel studio’s future slate of projects and releases, read our breakdown of the biggest and most noteworthy developments in the MCU, on Disney+, and in comics this year.