Loki — the upcoming Disney+ series that follows The Avengers-era version of Tom Hiddleston’s Marvel character — has reportedly found a fourth cast member in Gugu Mbatha-Raw. She is best known for her lead role in Black Mirror “San Junipero” and the 2013 period drama Belle, and playing the swan-shaped feather duster castle maid Plumette in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, and the head talent booker Hannah Shoenfeld in the Apple TV+ series The Morning Show. There’s no official word on her role, while the report claims Mbatha-Raw might be cast as the female lead on Loki.
Deadline brings word of the new Loki casting development, noting that Mbatha-Raw joins actor-writer Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers) and Sophia Di Martino (Flowers). Marvel Studios didn’t offer comment. For now, Hiddleston remains the only confirmed cast member, with the makers — Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, Loki writer and showrunner Michael Waldron (HarmonQuest, Rick and Morty), and director Kate Herron (Sex Education) — opting for complete secrecy. Filming is currently ongoing in the US city of Atlanta.
What we do know is that Loki will traverse through the multiverse using the Tesseract he stole in Avengers: Endgame and try to change historical events to suit his agenda. Remember, this is the Loki that hasn’t had the character growth we’ve seen in Thor: The Dark World, and Thor: Ragnarok, so he’s a lot more self-serving. Additionally, the events of Loki will tie into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — which is slated for May 2021 — as with the other Disney+ Marvel series, WandaVision.
Before Loki, Mbatha-Raw will be seen in the Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland prequel Come Away, alongside Angelina Jolie, Michael Caine, and David Oyelowo, the comedy-drama Misbehaviour, opposite Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley, the World War II drama Summerland, alongside Gemma Arterton.