Gugu Mbatha-Raw joins Disney+ Loki series
Staff Reporter | On 12, Feb 2020Reading time: 10 mins
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the latest star name to have reportedly joined the Disney+ Loki series.
The solo small screen outing for the god of mischief was rumoured back in 2018, as Disney looked to develop its content slate for its new streaming platform. Now, with Disney+ arriving in the UK on 24th March 2020, production is ramping up on Loki series, which is one of several Marvel projects designed to tie in to the wider MCU.
Tom Hiddleston will reprise his MCU as Loki, with the series expected to pick up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, as he appears throughout history to influence major human events.
Sex Education helmer Kate Herron is directing and Michael Waldron is on board as head writer. Otherwise, the other cast members are a mystery, with Sophia Di Martino (Channel 4‘s Flowers) and Owen Wilson reportedly part of the ensemble. Now, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is also reported by Deadline as being in the series, describing her as “the female lead”.
Mbatha-Raw is no stranger to streaming, having appeared in Netflix’s Easy and recently started in Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show. She is also no stranger to Disney, after appearing in A Wrinkle in Time and Beauty and the Beast.
Filming on Loki is underway nie with an expected release date of spring 2021.
Owen Wilson joins Loki Disney+ series
1st February 2020
Owen Wilson has joined the cast of the Loki Disney+ series.
The project was rumoured back in 2018, as Disney looked to develop its content slate for its new streaming platform. Indeed, the House of Mouse has a whole library of brands and franchises to woo subscribers to its Netflix rival, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is top of the list.
Now, with Disney+ arriving in the UK on 24th March 2020, details are beginning to drop for the Loki series, which will see Tom Hiddleston reprise his role from the MCU as the god of Mischief. The series will pick up with Loki after the events of Avengers: Endgame, as he reportedly appears throughout history to influence major human events.
Sex Education helmer Kate Herron is directing and Michael Waldron is on board as head writer. Also confirmed is that Sophia Di Martino will co-star, having impressed in Channel 4 series Flowers, with some reports suggesting that Di Martino will be playing a more central role that may also appear in a Marvel movie.
Variety has also confirmed that Wilson has joined the cast, although there are no details on who he will be playing. Wilson is, of course, no stranger of Disney, having voiced Lightning McQueen in Pixar’s Cars.
Loki is one of several Marvel series in the works at Disney+, including Hawkeye, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, She-Hulk, Moon Knight and WandaVision. MCU chief Kevin Feige is overseeing them all, as Marvel quietly shuts down its former Marvel TV arm, which was overseen by Jeph Loeb.
Sophia Di Martino to co-star in Disney+ Loki series
18th November 2019
Sophia Di Martino will co-star in the new Disney+ Loki series.
The project was rumoured last year, as Disney looked to develop its content slate for its new streaming platform. Indeed, the House of Mouse has a whole library of brands and franchises to woo subscribers to its Netflix rival, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is top of the list.
Now, Disney+ has launched in the USA – it arrives in the UK on 31st March 2020 – and with that has come a wave of new details about its plans for Marvel on the small screen. A live-action series centred on Loki, the god of mischief, with Tom Hiddleston reprising his role from the MCU movies, is just one of several solo outings for secondary characters, including The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, and WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.
We know that the series will pick up with Loki after the events of Avengers: Endgame, and that Sex Education helmer Kate Herron is directing. Michael Waldron has also been confirmed as head writer for the series.
Now, we have some fresh details about the talent in front of the camera too, with Deadline reporting that Sophia Di Martino will co-star opposite Hiddleston.
Di Martino impressed in the Channel 4 series Flowers, and had also appeared in Yesterday and Freeform’s pilot Girls Code, directed by Paul Feig.
Deadline also reports rumours that Di Martino may be playing a more central role alongside Hiddleston than fans might expect. What we do know for certain, though, is that the series (along with the other Disney+ projects) will definitely tie into the wider MCU, so whoever Di Martino plays, her character may well get their own big screen outing in the future, or appear in a Marvel movie or two.
Kevin Feige talks Loki and Marvel Disney+ series
2nd March 2019
Marvel and Netflix may no longer be a thing, but Disney’s comic book titan is only beginning its push into TV, with a Loki series on the way to new streaming platform Disney+. While no others have been confirmed, reports suggest that a Scarlet Witch and Falcon series are also in development, with all of them featuring the same cast as the MCU movies.
It’s a big move for Marvel, which has previously kept its small screen outings separate, under the purview of Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb. These series will be overseen by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, coordinating the crossover between the new limited programmes and the heroes’ big screen outings.
Little more than that has been revealed so far, but now, Kevin Feige has spoken for the first time about how the shows will fit into the MCU, particularly with the Marvel-verse preparing for life post-Avengers: Endgame.
Speaking to Collider during press activity for Captain Marvel, Feige said they’re very connected to the MCU and the aftermath of Endgame.
“It’s been extremely additive to the entire creative arc, not just of the Disney+ programs we’re working on, but on the entire post-Endgame MCU,” he explained. “Because we’ve been able to weave them. We’ve been able to, for the first time, conceive of them together, and they will be intertwined with each other.”
The length of each series will be “story dependent”, he noted.
“That’s what’s so exciting about the streaming platform, is there aren’t any rules necessarily,” he continued. “For us to have another outlet to tell stories, and to play with medium, and to do, not just deeper dives on characters that we’ve seen many times in the MCU, but haven’t been able to devote six, seven, eight, nine, 10 hours to, is amazing, and is something that we’ve been working on for a while now.”
However, he wouldn’t give more than that, and added that when it comes to other TV projects, they “still aren’t gonna announce” anything outside of the Loki series with Tom Hiddleston. Nonetheless, with plans to interweave them into the cinema outings to a greater degree than any previous Marvel series, you can expect a number of characters to make their own appearance on Disney+ in the near future. Providing, of course, they survive Endgame, or their solo outing is a prequel.
Confirmed: Tom Hiddleston will return as Loki for Disney+ Marvel series
10th November 2018
Tom Hiddleston will officially return as Loki for a new streaming series.
The project was rumoured earlier this year, as Disney looks to develop its content slate for its upcoming streaming platform. Indeed, the House of Mouse has a whole library of brands and franchises to woo subscribers to its Netflix rival, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is top of the list.
Now, the streaming service has an official name – Disney+ – and with that has come official confirmation of a number of projects, including its first Marvel series. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed this week that the company is assembling a live-action series centered Loki, the god of mischief, with Hiddleston set to reprise his role from the MCU movies.
Unlike Marvel’s series for ABC and Netflix, though, the project will be overseen by Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, instead of Jeph Loeb. Loki’s series is one of a number in the works expected to feature supporting Marvel players who don’t have their own solo feature films. Scarlet Witch, Falcon and Winter Soldier are also reportedly under consideration, although Loki is the first to be officially confirmed.
Hiddleston also tweeted a teasing note about the series, following Iger’s announcement:
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) November 9, 2018
There is still no word yet on a director for the show or a release date. What we do know for sure is that Disney+ plans to launch in 2019, and Marvel isn’t the only part of its plans: there are also new stories set in the worlds of Disney•Pixar’s Monsters Inc. and Disney Channel’s High School Musical, as well as Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, a live action gunslinging series set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. Iger also announced that Lucasfilm is in development on a second Star Wars live-action series for Disney+, a Rogue One prequel that will star Diego Luna as Rebel spy Cassian Andor, reprising his role from the 2016 movie.
The only other question for now is whether Disney+ will also be available in the UK when it launches, or whether Disney will use its existing subscription platform, DisneyLife, or syndicate content elsewhere.
Loki and Scarlet Witch series lined up for Disney’s streaming service
28th September 2018
New series featuring Loki and Scarlet Witch are being lined up for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
Disney’s new subscription platform is a big deal for the House of Mouse, as it moves to take on Netflix with its own direct-to-consumer offering. A streaming service needs content to survive and, usurprisingly, while some remakes of Disney classics and a High School Musical series are in the pipeline, not to mention a Star Wars series, Disney is also using the clout of Marvel to bring in subscribers.
Marvel Studios is planning a miniseries each for Loki and Scarlet Witch, both supporting characters who have become fan favourites thanks to their portrayals by Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. Marvel’s Kevin Feige will oversee the initiative, which will reportedly use limited runs of episodes to shine a spotlight on Marvel characters without their own solo feature films. Whether the actors in the big screen MCU will reprise their roles is not yet known, although the odds may well be in favour of Hiddleston and Olsen being retained, after Hiddleston has played Loki in five films and Olsen has appeared in four.
Thor’s cunning half-brother has enough charm and back-story to fuel his own stories, while Witch’s romantic entanglement with Vision (played by Paul Bettany in the films) has enough mythology and complexity of its own to power a standalone tale.
Marvel and Disney have not officially commented on the reports, which were confirmed by Deadline and Variety in recent weeks. Sources have said that budgets for the series are substantial, with Marvel’s film production team putting their resources behind them.
The miniseries would join an ongoing focus on short-form video at Marvel, from their now signature post-credit stings to the short films that have regularly been released as bonus features on DVD and Blu-ray titles.