Olivia Colman‘s post-Oscar win movie star run continues to beef up. Having recently received another nomination for her role in The Father, and signed on to star in Sam Mendes‘ Empire Of Light, the celebrated actress is now the latest big name to jump on board a Marvel project.
Per THR, Colman is in negotiations to join Marvel’s upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion. The show is based on the 2008 comics event from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Leinil Francis Yu, which revealed that several notable superheroes had been replaced by Skrulls, the shape-shifting aliens who were introduced in Captain Marvel.
The series may deviate from the original plot of the comics though, as the Captain Marvel movie cast the Skrulls as sympathetic refugees rather than nefarious villains, but it’s an interesting jumping off point and could potentially be a hugely important show within the MCU (although obviously every show is going to be billed as must-see).
Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn, reprising their roles as Nick Fury and Talos, respectively, are already on board, as is One Night In Miami breakout star Kingsley Ben-Adir, who was recently announced as playing the as-yet-unnamed villain. There’s currently no word on who Colman will be playing.
Kyle Bradstreet is writing and producing the show, which Marvel boss Kevin Feige previously said will be told in six 40-50-minute installments, which should allow it to simmer in the political paranoia of its premise. Bradstreet thus makes total sense as the writer, as he previously served as producer of taut cyber-thriller, Mr. Robot.
As the amount of Disney+ Marvel shows continues to grow, it’s going to be hard for fans to care about all of them equally. But with Jackson, Mendelsohn and now potentially Colman on board, and a premise that could alter much of what we know in the MCU, Secret Invasion will probably be one of the bigger Disney shows (although, again, Disney wants you to watch every show, so they’re all going to seem important).
Colman will next be seen in indie drama Mothering Sunday alongside Colin Firth, and she also recently wrapped shooting on Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s directorial debut The Lost Daughter, which also stars Dakota Johnson.