Loki, the upcoming Disney+ series about everyone’s favorite trickster god, has just added The Morning Show actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw to the cast in an undisclosed role, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. She joins Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson and Sophia Di Martino in the Marvel show, which will follow Hiddleston’s title character after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Meaning the Loki in the series will be the one from an alternate universe, and not the one who died at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War.
As is the case with every Marvel project, details about Mbatha-Raw’s role are under wraps, but I hear it is a prominent character, described as the female lead. In addition to Hiddleston, the only actor who has been confirmed by Marvel/Disney, Mbatha-Raw joins fellow cast members Owen Wilson and Sophia Di Martino in the series. Marvel had no comment.
Mbatha-Raw recently appeared as a series regular on Season 1 of “The Morning Show,” Apple’s flagship streaming series that debuted in November. She also had a voice role in the Netflix series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” which premiered in August. She also starred in the Emmy-winning “Black Mirror” episode “San Junipero” in 2016. On the film side, she starred alongside Edward Norton in the film “Motherless Brooklyn” and has starred in other projects such as “Concussion,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” “The Cloverfield Paradox,” and the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Disney unveiled a brief first look at “Loki” and two other Marvel-Disney Plus shows in a Super Bowl ad last week. “Loki” is being targeted for a 2021 release. There is no official logline for the series at the time of this publishing, but the show will reportedly feature the master of magic popping up at different times in human history and influencing major events. He was last seen absconding with one of the Infinity Stones during “Avengers: Endgame.” Michael Waldron serves as writer and executive producer on the show with Kate Herron attached to direct all the episodes and executive produce.