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Marvel's Loki Series At Disney+ Adds Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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By Kasey Williams

Ever since Disney announced its plans to enter the streaming game, they've been attempting to come up with its own original content to supplement its arsenal of existing films and television show.

One of those planned television shows, "Loki," a series revolving around the titular antagonist from the "Thor" film series, just added some much-need female depth to its cast.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, better-known for her indie repertoire and recent supporting role in Edward Norton's "Motherless Brooklyn," just got cast in an unknown role.

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According to Deadline, the show is well underway in Atlanta and just added the renowned 36-year-old actress to star alongside Tom Hiddleston's charismatic trickster.

Last summer, Hiddleston confirmed the timeline for the television show, which will apparently take place around the 2012 iteration.

"I feel like I know [Loki], I’ve been playing him for 10 years now, and that’s crazy to me. By the time it’s out, I’ll be 40, and when I was cast, I was 29, which is a great chunk of my life," Hiddleston said.

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"But the point is that there’s a sense of 'I know this character now, I feel the audience knows him.' Playing him, and playing him truthfully, but presenting him with new challenges, which then have to change him in different ways, is the most exciting aspect of it."

Loki is shooting for a spring 2021 release, which will closely follow the release of another Marvel/Disney+ original: "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," which is expected in the fall later this year.

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Mbatha-Raw joins a cast currently consisting of Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, and Sophia de Martino.

She previously starred in "Beyond the Lights," "Belle," "A Wrinkle in Time," and "The Cloverfield Paradox," among others.

Although it's not fully known, Deadline reports that Mbatha-Raw will be a "prominent character, possibly a female lead."

Not much has been disclosed about the series thus far, although Hiddleston expects the fans to enjoy it.

"You have his specific gifts, his intelligence, his treachery, his mischief, his magic, and then seeing him come up against more formidable opponents the like of which he has never seen or known," he said, before adding: "I wish I could tell you what happens, but I can’t."

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Coming just in between "The Falcon and the Winter Solider" and "Loki," Marvel plans to release "Wandavision," a series focusing on Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany's Vision, in December 2020.

Is this the future for Marvel's cinematic superheroes following their epic conclusion to "The Avengers?"

Alongside the critically-acclaimed series "The Mandalorian," which is expected to release a second season in the fall of 2020, we can expect to see a lot more of Disney's original content on the popular streaming service.

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