Following the announcement that Marvel‘s “She-Hulk” had found its director and producer, Kate Coiro, Marvel has revealed the actor behind the titular character Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany, known for her lead role in the critically-acclaimed show “Orphan Black.”
“She-Hulk,” a Disney+ series scheduled for sometime in 2021 or 2022, depending, centers on lawyer Jennifer Walters (Maslany), the cousin of Bruce Banner, who inherits his Hulk powers after she receives a blood transfusion from him–at least that’s how the origin story has gone in the comics. However, unlike Banner, Walters isn’t primal, angry and a dual personality. When She-Hulk hulks out, she retains most of her personality and high intelligence, making her something more akin to the Smart Hulk seen in “Avengers: Endgame” from the start.
Maslany has starred appeared in films like “Diary of the Dead” (2007), “Eastern Promises,” (2007), “The Vow” (2012), “Woman in Gold” (2015), “Stronger” (2017), and “Destroyer” (2018), but is mostly known for her turn in “Orphan Black” which garnered her a Primetime Emmy Award in 2016. Most recently she appeared on HBO‘s “Perry Mason” the 2019 romantic drama “Pink Wall.“
Earlier this week it was announced that Kat Coiro, known for TV like “Shameless,” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and indie films like “And While We Were Here” would direct the pilot and additional episodes of the series. Writer/producer Jessica Gao, known for working on “Silicon Valley,” “Robot Chicken,” “Star Wars: Detours,” and “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness,” is writing the series and serves as executive producer and showrunner.
“She-Hulk” is one of many Marvel series in the works. Coming at the end of this year is “WandaVision,” and then following that is the delayed “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” “Loki” in early 2021 and in development, “Hawkeye,” “Ms. Marvel,” and “Moon Knight” as live-action shows. Ruffalo is expected to reprise his role as the Hulk to get the origin story started, but his participation in the series beyond that remains unknown. [Deadline]