She-Hulk: Tatiana Maslany Denies Her Involvement in MCU Series
A month after news broke that Emmy-winning actress Tatiana Maslany had been tapped as the MCU’s She-Hulk, it seems her casting hasn’t been finalized yet, with the Orphan Black star finally speaking out about it. In a recent interview with The Sudbury Star, when asked about the big She-Hulk news Maslany surprisingly denied her involvement with the Disney+ project by revealing that the previous reports are just rumors that got out of hand.
“That actually isn’t a real thing and it’s like a press release that’s gotten out of hand,” Maslany said. “It’s totally not — I’ve been connected to these things in the past and press has gotten onto it, but it’s not actually a thing, unfortunately.”
She added, “Yeah, I don’t know how these things get — I don’t know, I don’t know. You know better; I have no idea. (Laughs.)”
Should this indeed be true, it would put Marvel Studios and the actress they’ve actually tapped for the role in an awkward situation, especially when fans have already grown accustomed to the idea of Maslany becoming the titular Jade Giantess. However, its understandable if the award-winning actress has already been sworn into secrecy by the studio as other actors in past such as Paul Rudd and Kumail Nanjiani had previously denied signing on for MCU movies before eventually being confirmed by Marvel Studios. It’s also possible the terms of Maslany’s contract have not been ironed out, and the actress is simply hesitant to speak out in public before all the i’s are dotted a T’s crossed.
The She-Hulk series was officially announced by Marvel’s chief creative officer Kevin Feige last year along with two other MCU shows Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight. This marks the iconic superheroes’ live-action debut who are also expected to be featured in future MCU films.
The series will be developed and written by Jessica Gao, who is the Emmy-winning scribe behind Rick and Morty‘s acclaimed Season 3 episode “Pickle Rick.” Kat Cairo (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dead to Me) has also signed to direct and executive produce.
She-Hulk debuted in Marvel Comics’ “Savage She-Hulk” #1 in 1980, created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema. Her alter ego is Jennifer Walters, the cousin of Bruce Banner/Hulk, who after being shot is provided a blood transfusion from Bruce that turns her into a similar green monster. She later became a member of the Avengers and briefly replaced Ben Grimm in The Fantastic Four.
She-Hulk is one of a slew of properties Marvel Studios is currently developing for the forthcoming streaming service Disney+, including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…?, WandaVision, Hawkeye, Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel. The Winter Soldier series is set to be the first to premiere amongst the group.
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