Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy To Become First Pakistani Director To Helm A Marvel Project
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy to helm Ms. Marvel
No year is complete without Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy making Pakistan proud on the world stage for something or the other. After bagging an Emmy nomination earlier this year for her short film, Freedom Fighters, the Oscar-winning Pakistani superstar is all set to helm a Marvel project, and it is a big one!
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is apparently in talks to co-direct a television series on the first Pakistani-American superhero, Ms. Marvel.
The Emmy and Oscar-winning film-maker will be sharing the seat with the Disney+ series, which centers on teenage hero Kamala Khan. The character, a Pakistani American, is Marvel's first Muslim superhero.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was named as one of the World's top 500 Most Influential Muslims in the year 2020, according to The Muslim 500, a couple of months ago. The Marvel venture will also see Bad Boys for Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah on the same helming roster as Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
Moreover, Meera Menon is also directing the series, and her impressive credits include episodes of The Walking Dead, The Punisher, and Titans.
'Ms. Marvel' has assembled a team of marvelous directors— Fandom (@getFANDOM) September 18, 2020
∙ Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah ('Bad Boys for Life')
∙ Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ('Saving Face')
∙ Meera Menon ('The Walking Dead,' 'Titans')
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Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige has reiterated that the first onscreen Muslim superhero will be heavily featured in future Marvel franchise movies as well, in addition to the television series.
The character of Kamala Khan, also known as Ms. Marvel, is the brainchild of Marvel editor and director Sana Amanat, who is a Muslim-American. She said:
"I think it's absolutely insane that Kamala Khan is in one of the biggest Marvel games that we've done. The fact that she's the entry point character in this game makes so much sense. People from all backgrounds can relate to her."
Marvel Studios is actively searching for an actor who could play the role of Ms. Marvel, who depicts her struggles as a Pakistani-American woman with a religious family.
This is yet another significant milestone in Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's illustrious career that has seen her receive two Academy Awards, seven Emmy Awards, and a Knight International Journalism Award. In 2012, the Government of Pakistan honored her with the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second-highest civilian honor of the country, and Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Indian filmmaker Meera Menon have been chosen to helm the upcoming #MsMarvel series!— Off Colour (@OffColourInc) September 18, 2020
Chinoy, a two time Oscar winner, is the first and only Pakistani to win an Academy Award.
Menon is already an MCU and DCEU alum.
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She is the only female film director to have won two Academy Awards by the age of 37 and continues to make Pakistan proud on the world stage with her amazing film-making.
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