Gugu Mbatha-Raw is making her return to the superhero genre with Marvel’s Loki.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is headed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Deadline reports that she’s been cast in Marvel Studios’ Loki. Although details on her role are scarce, Deadline‘s Nellie Andreeva notes that she could be playing the female lead. Marvel has not commented on the casting.
Mbatha-Raw joins a cast headlined by the returning Tom Hiddleston along with Sophia Di Martino and Owen Wilson, who are both playing unknown characters. Showrunner Michael Wardron will handle writing and producing duties, while Kate Herron serves as director.
Loki centers on the 2012 version of Thor’s adopted brother, who managed to escape with the Space Stone during the events of Avengers: Endgame. This means the God of Mischief viewers will see is still more of a villain than an antihero.
Specific plot details have yet to be revealed, but it’s been heavily implied that time travel will play into the story. This was further alluded to in a recent teaser that showed the titular character sporting a Time Variance Authority uniform. And like fellow MCU show WandaVision, it will have ties to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
This will mark Mbatha-Raw’s third collaboration with Disney following Beauty and the Beast and A Wrinkle in Time. Her most recent role was in another streaming series, Apple TV+’s The Morning Show. She’s also had numerous roles in other films and TV shows like Beyond the Lights, Concussion, Black Mirror and The Cloverfield Paradox. She even has a superhero project under her belt in Julia Hart’s Fast Color.
Despite the fact that production is already underway, Loki is still filling out its cast. And while Marvel Studios’ TV ventures are being touted as limited series, it’s been rumored that Loki could receive a second season. The superhero show is slated to premiere on Disney Plus in early 2021.