It's been a little over a year since Marvel Studios first announced that Kamala Khan's Ms. Marvel will finally be making her way to the MCU with her own series on Disney+. While no official release date has been given, the show was recently rumored to begin production in November of 2020 and set to wrap in March of 2021.
Though those dates likely still remain flexible due to the pandemic, pre-production on the series seems to be flying full speed ahead. The Direct recently exclusively reported that Ms. Marvel will have at least one episode helmed by Bad Boys For Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and the series was still casting key characters as of early August.
Now, The Direct has learned of the first two actors Marvel Studios is in talks with for the show.
The Direct can exclusively report that actors Jasjit Williams and Saagar Shaikh are in talks to join the upcoming Ms. Marvel series.
While we cannot confirm which characters they will be playing, our sources indicate that Jasjit Williams may be portraying Bruno Carrelli, known in the comics as a tech-savvy friend of Kamala Khan's who is also a potential love interest. Similarly, Saagar Shaikh appears to be being eyed for the role of Aamir Khan, Kamala's older brother.
WHAT THIS MEANS
Ms. Marvel is finally building its cast. While Marvel Studios still has yet to name the actress who will be portraying the show's central character, these first reports of actors attached to the series means that the Kamala Khan announcement should be coming soon.
If Jasjit Williams is, in fact, Bruno, he will join other supporting characters who are friends/ classmates with Kamala like Kamran and Nakia Bahadir. These castings make it clear that Ms. Marvel will spend considerable time fleshing out characters in Kamala's peer group throughout the season.
A previously reported casting call described Saagar Shaikh's character as "...a Pakistani American in his mid-to-late 20’s, a practicing Muslim and a self-proclaimed wiser older brother," all of which fit the character of Aamir Khan from the comics.
The casting of these supporting characters suggests that Marvel Studios will, in fact, be all geared up to begin filming the show this Fall. Due to pre-production being in full swing, one can expect to hear more actors and actresses being reported for other leading and supporting roles in this series in the coming weeks.
With the inclusion of these two characters, it looks like the Ms. Marvel series will be sticking pretty close to its source material. And given the report that Kamala Khan will be introduced in Captain Marvel 2, there is no doubt that the MCU's first Pakistani American superhero will be incredibly important to the future of the shared universe. Now all that's left to find out is who will play her.