Game of Thrones director set to oversee Marvel series on Disney Plus

A film and TV director behind serialized dramas like Fargo and Game of Thrones is set to direct one of the Marvel series on Disney Plus.

Film and TV director Matt Shakman, who most recently finished directing an episode of Amazon Prime’s The Boys and is mostly known for directing the seventh season of Game of Thrones, is reportedly in negotiations with Marvel Studios to direct one of their limited series for Disney Plus.

Reported by Discussing Film, it is not known at this point which one of the limited series the Fargo and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia director will helm episodes for. With The Falcon and the Winter Soldier having already found a director in Kari Skogland and Loki and WandaVision currently in pre-production, the latter two are the most likely choices.

WandaVision, which is set for release in spring 2021, is a Scarlet Witch-focused series, which is set to have Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their roles as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision, respectively. Teyonah Parris has also been cast as the adult version of Monica Rambeau, who originally debuted as a child, portrayed by Akira Akbar, in Captain Marvel. Jae Schaeffer, who had been hired to write the pilot episode, will serve as showrunner.

Loki, the Tom Hiddleston-led series, will follow the version of the trickster god who escaped with the Tesseract during the events of Avengers: Endgame. Michael Waldron will be the showrunner for the series, and the Rick & Morty writer has also been tapped to write the pilot episode. Production will commence in early 2020 and debut early 2021.

It will be interesting to see which one of the series Shakman ultimately works on. Whether he takes on Loki or Wandavision for Marvel Studios and Disney Plus, his talents seem to be well-equipped for both projects.