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18 September 2020 02:39

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Director Kat Coiro confirmed Thursday that Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany has been cast in the titular role of her 2022 She-Hulk series for Disney+. Coiro also happens to be the woman helming Universal Pictures jilted bride rom-com Marry Me, starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, which will be released on Valentine's Day. Don't get her angry! Director Kat Coiro confirmed Thursday that Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany (pictured April 26) has been cast in the titular role of her 2022 She-Hulk series for Disney+ The New York-born filmmaker shared Deadline's report via Instagram and commented: 'Couldn't be more excited @tatianamaslany!' The green-skinned superhero starts off as highly-skilled lawyer Jennifer Walters, who transforms after having a life-saving (yet gamma-irradiated) blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner/Hulk. Whenever She-Hulk gets highly emotional - cue the PMS jokes - she can potentially become the physically strongest known woman in the MCU. At the helm!

Coiro (L) also happens to be the woman directing Universal Pictures jilted bride rom-com Marry Me, starring Jennifer Lopez (R) and Owen Wilson, which will be released on Valentine's Day (pictured autumn 2019) Cue the PMS jokes! The Canadian 34-year-old will officially join the Marvel Comics Universe as She-Hulk, which was one of the last major characters to be co-created by the late Stan Lee 'You've gotta make it!' The green-skinned superhero starts off as highly-skilled lawyer Jennifer Walters, who transforms after having a life-saving (yet gamma-irradiated) blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner/Hulk Tatiana recently played Radiant Assembly of God Sister preacher Alice McKeegan in HBO detective drama Perry Mason, which was renewed for a second season on July 22. Maslany gushed via Instagram on August 9: 'I love this show and loved playing the absolute creature that is Sister Alice.' Erle Stanley Gardner created the reboot of the CBS series (1957-1966), which features Matthew Rhys, John Lithgow, Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, and Shea Whigham. Screenshot: BBC America Marvel Studios has had a She-Hulk television series in development for some time now, and it looks like they've found their Jennifer Walters—in former Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany. Many announcements have been breaking around the show recently: Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty) will be leading the show's writers room, and Kat Coiro will be directing several episodes of the series, including the pilot.

There's also the a possibility that Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner will be appearing in the series as well. (As Professor Hulk, though? Only time will tell.) She-Hulk will introduce fans to the story of Jennifer Walters, the final major character co-created by Stan Lee for Marvel Comics. Walters is a New York lawyer and cousin of Bruce Banner—she receives her big green abilities due to a blood transfusion, but she she always keeps her mind and personality when in "hulked" state, which means we won't likely be getting a show that sees Walters navigating a gradual transformation toward "professor She-Hulk" status. Given Maslany's Emmy-nominated performance in the much-beloved Orphan Black (pictured above), where she played several clones of the same woman, it's clear that Marvel is hoping to get someone with major gravitas to step into Jennifer Walters's power suits.

Because she's working the same circuit as Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson, it's also possible that we could get a bit of Daredevil crossover action—while Marvel Studios claims to have scrapped their Netflix roster, there are plenty of rumors that Charlie Cox will be returning as the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, leaving the door wide open for other characters from the series to encounter Walters in court. No word on when the show will go into production, but when it lands, She-Hulk will be available to stream on Disney+. Maslany, who recently appeared in "Pink Wall" and "Perry Mason," is reportedly joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tatiana Maslany will reportedly portray the titular protagonist in Disney+'s upcoming "She-Hulk" superhero series. Deadline reported that Maslany, who has starred in titles such as "Orphan Black," "Pink Wall," and "Perry Mason," will portray the superhero in the upcoming Disney+ show.

The news broke several days after Deadline reported that Kat Coiro will direct the show's pilot and several other episodes. "Rick and Morty" scribe Jessica Gao will lead the show's writers room. Representatives for Disney+ and Marvel did not return requests for comment. The She-Hulk character, whose real name is Jennifer Walters, has traditionally been portrayed as an attorney and cousin of Bruce Banner/The Hulk, who is portrayed by Mark Ruffalo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unlike The Hulk, Walters retains her personality and intelligence when she transforms into She-Hulk. Though few details about the Disney+ "She-Hulk" series have been released, the show is expected to follow the character after she gains superpowers via a blood transfusion from Banner. Marvel Studios revealed the series during its D23 expo in 2019. The character was co-created by Stan Lee and John Buscema and made her debut in a 1980 comic. Marvel head Kevin Feige has stated that he aims to make the superhero franchise more diverse and Disney is beginning to tap more female talents to lead projects in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which kicked off with "Iron Man" in 2008. Brie Larson was the first woman to star in a Marvel Cinematic Universe project when she portrayed Captain Marvel in the 2019 film of the same name. Scarlett Johansson, who has portrayed Black Widow in a variety of the franchise's films, will star in the upcoming "Black Widow" film. The Johansson film was originally scheduled to premiere in May but has been delayed to November 6 due to the coronavirus pandemic. "She-Hulk" is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2022 as part of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which will include a variety of other Disney+ superhero shows. Other upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe shows slated to premiere on the platform include "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," "WandaVision," "Hawkeye," "Loki," "What If…?," "Ms. Marvel," and "Moon Knight." Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. Tatiana Maslany is nearing a deal to play the lead role of the upcoming "She-Hulk" series at Disney Plus, Variety has learned from sources. The series centers on lawyer Jennifer Walters (Maslany), cousin of Bruce Banner, who inherits his Hulk powers after she receives a blood transfusion from him. Unlike Bruce, however, when she hulks out Jennifer is able to retain most of her personality, intelligence, and emotional control. Reps for Maslany declined to comment. Reps for Disney did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment. Maslany is perhaps best known for her starring role in the BBC America drama series "Orphan Black," which ran for five seasons between 2013 and 2017. Maslany was nominated for three Emmys and a Golden Globe during the show's run, winning the Emmy for best actress in a drama series in 2016. She also recently appeared in the HBO drama "Perry Mason." On the film side, she has appeared in projects such as "Stronger," "Destroyer," and "Pink Wall." She is repped by ICM, The Characters, and Hansen Jacobson. It was announced earlier this week that Kat Coiro had boarded "She-Hulk" as director and executive producer. She will direct the pilot and additional episodes of the series. Jessica Gao is writing the series and serves as executive producer and showrunner. "She-Hulk" is one of several Marvel series in the works at Disney Plus, with several others set to feature stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and "WandaVision" are on deck first for debuts later this year, followed by "Loki" in early 2021. Marvel Studios is also developing the shows "Hawkeye," "Ms. Marvel," and "Moon Knight" as live-action shows. Deadline first broke the casting news.