Disney and Marvel Studios have roped in 18-year-old newcomer Iman Vellani to play the lead in the eponymous Disney+ Marvel series, Ms. Marvel / Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenager from New Jersey.
This will also mark the teenager’s Hollywood debut.
The news of her selection for the lead role has sent some happy ways across the entertainment circle.
Reacting to the news, Kumail Nanjiani, a Pakistani-American himself, tweeted: “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.”
Marvel had earlier selected Pakistani Oscar-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy as one of the directors for the Disney+ series along with Meera Menon, Bilall Fallah, and Adil El Arbi.