Literally, just a month ago, the internet was booming when the news broke that Orphan BlackTatiana Masalani was thrown as the big green lead Disney + She-Hulkseries. Only Masalany’s coverage was all it took to make the news sound believable, and given the places that deliver the news, it seemed legitimate. To anyone who has believed in crafts, Masalani has something to say.
During a recent interview with Sudbury Star in which Masalani discussed being a member of the Glen Gould Award jury and what music he listens to today (Sophie and Kendrick, among others), She-Hulk came out. The actor was quite candid in his statement that she is not set to play Jennifer Walters, despite all the evidence to the contrary.
“It’s not really a real thing and it’s like a press release that’s out of control,” Maslani said. “It’s not at all – I’ve been involved in these things in the past and the press has taken care of it, but it’s not really something, unfortunately.”
Masalani’s statement was rather strange given this She-Hulk showrunner Jessica Gao seems to have confirmed the casting in September, when she tweeted the original deadline report. Additionally, Mark Ruffalo went to his Twitter page to welcome Masalani to the family. When io9 approached Disney this morning to cover it all up, a spokesman said, “Unless confirmed on Marvel.com, it’s all just rumors.”
Of course, many times the deals were properly reported for casting long before Disney officially announced the news. Sometimes “knowledgeable sources” will simply have the wrong information or speak too early – perhaps before the ink dries. At the same time, however, all this may be strange, the brand fraud with the Marvel brand, rooted in the studio’s notorious secrecy, which aims to build excitement for its projects long before the public sees them.
Here it is important to keep in mind that until Disney and Marvel come out with an official statement, nothing is really set in stone and in the interest of all is not to stress who plays what character in a series that has not even begun to be produced. Although, to be honest, the casting at Maslany was pretty cool.
We also contacted Maslany’s representatives for comment on this whole situation and we will report with everything that illuminates if and when we hear.
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