Iman Vellani is a Canadian actress from Markham, Ontario. At the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, she was part of the Next Wave Committee. In September 2020, Vellani was cast as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel in the upcoming Disney+ television series of the same name, marking her onscreen debut. Vellani is set to reprise the role in The Marvels.
- Following Iman Vellani's casting as Kamala Khan, she was congratulated by Ms. Marvel creator, G. Willow Wilson, and fellow Marvel cast mates Kumail Nanjiani and Simu Liu.
- When asked about the pressure of portraying the MCU's first Muslim superhero, she replied:
- ”The fact that the show is being made and they’re including this character in the MCU is [what’s important]. 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.”
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- "Variety’s 2021 Power of Young Hollywood Impact List". Variety (August 11, 2021).