Continuing expanding the diverse cast in their upcoming phase of movies, Marvel Studios are now looking to cast a transwoman character with filming starting in 2020. Which means that there are quite a few options being Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Loki, Hawkeye, and Thor: Love and Thunder. What’s most exciting and relieving is that Marvel Studios is actually looking for a transwoman to play this character. Which is amazingly shocking in Hollywood today with even mid-budget movies casting transgender characters with cisgender actors, let alone much larger productions like these.
Not much is know about the role itself besides her name being “Jessica,” an obvious placeholder, and that they’re looking for someone of any ethnicity in their 20s or 30s. GWW have already made the educated guess of this character being Sera, one of Marvel’s only trans superheroes. To make their summary of the character shorter, she’s a wingless angel, called an Anchorite, from the Tenth Realm, Heven. She was apart of a group of men with her being the only one that identified as a woman. She would later have a relationship with Angela, Thor’s long lost sister. Their correct assumption is that she would play Valkyrie’s love interest in Thor: Love and Thunder, fulfilling Tessa Thompson‘s declaration of Valkyrie looking for her Queen.
As for who could be cast in the role? One possibility already is Angelica Ross who stars in Pose, a series about gender-nonconforming ballroom culture in New York City during the 1980s. She has recently tweeted twice about being called by Marvel Studios specifically for an unspecified role, which could be this one.
I got THE call of all calls. pic.twitter.com/YUaVE4o9wV
— Angelica Ross (@angelicaross) July 28, 2019
— Angelica Ross (@angelicaross) July 29, 2019
Wherever and whoever they end up being, it’s great to see Marvel Studios making strides in diversity and representation.