Who is Iman Vellani, Pak girl who’s Marvel’s first Muslim superhero? Farhan Akhtar also makes an appearance

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Actor-film-maker Farhan Akhtar will be making an appearance in ‘Ms Marvel’, the first Muslim superhero series from Marvel Studios.

According to Deadline, the details of his character have been kept under wraps, even though it is said to be a guest appearance.

The Disney+ show will be the first Hollywood project for Akhtar.

The 48-year-old actor also shared the news of him joining the cast of ‘Ms Marvel’ in a post on Twitter.

“Grateful that the universe gifts these opportunities to grow, learn and in this case have a ton of fun while doing it. #MsMarvel on @DisneyPlusHS @Marvel #ThisJune” Akhtar tweeted.

‘Ms Marvel’, which comes from the blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), is fronted by newcomer Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan aka Ms Marvel, a Muslim American teenager growing up in Jersey City.

The 19-year-old Pakistani-Muslim actress was born in Canada and will make her acting debut in the MCU with Ms. Marvel, a limited television series on Disney+.

Vellani was born in 2002 to Pakistani-Muslim parents in Ontario, Canada. She’s proud to be cast as the Marvel Universe’s first Muslim hero.

“The fact that the show is being made and they’re including this character in the MCU is [what’s important],” she told Variety. “I don’t really have to go out of my way and talk about being a Muslim and being Pakistani – it all comes out in the show. People seeing a person like me involved in a project as big as this is, I think, inspiring enough.”

“Kamala is an avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe with an oversized imagination – particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel (played by Brie Larson in the MCU).

“Yet Kamala feels she doesn’t fit in at school and sometimes even at home, until she gets superpowers like her idols,” the official plotline read.

‘Bad Boys for Life’ helmers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a two-time Oscar winner in the documentary short category, and Meera Menon, who has worked on shows like ‘The Walking Dead’, have directed the episodes of the series.

Bisha K Ali, a scribe and stand-up comic known for her personal-political comedy, serves as head writer on the project.

The cast also includes Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Nakli, Azhar Usman, Travina Springer and Nimra Bucha.

‘Ms Marvel’ will premiere on June 8 on streaming service Disney+ Hotstar, where it will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam languages.

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