Perry Mason star Tatiana Maslany cast as Disney’s She-Hulk

Perry Mason. Photograph by Merrick Morton/HBO
Perry Mason. Photograph by Merrick Morton/HBO /

Perry Mason’s Tatiana Maslany will play She-Hulk for Disney+.

Perry Mason star Tatiana Maslany has landed the title role in the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk.

Deadline revealed the casting of Maslany, who starred as Sister Alice McKeegan in the TV crime drama for HBO this summer.

Though Perry Mason was renewed for season 2 in July, Alice was last seen having left her corrupt church and started a new life as a waitress, so Maslany was unlikely to return for more episodes.

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Instead she’ll be stepping into the Marvel Universe. She-Hulk is introduced as Jennifer Walters, a successful attorney who is the cousin of Bruce Banner, better known as Hulk.

When Jennifer needs an emergency blood transfusion, Bruce donates some of his blood and that unknowingly passes some of his Hulk capabilities on to her. Jennifer then becomes a superhero in her own right.

The character has appeared numerous times in Marvel’s animated universe, being voiced by the likes of Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff (in The Super Hero Squad Show) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Eliza Dushku (in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.) But Tatiana Maslany will be the first actress to play She-Hulk in a live-action series.

It’s definitely a massive departure from her role in Perry Mason, which cast Maslany as a fervent preacher battling sexism within her own congregation and an overbearing mother. Yet the HBO series was completely different from her best-known role in the BBC America series Orphan Black, where the actress played a whole series of clones and deservedly won a plethora of awards for it. She makes creative choices that deliberately stretch her range, and She-Hulk is doing that.

Since she’s the lead of the Disney+ project there’s no danger of her being underused as Sister Alice often was, and casting her brings another solid actor into the Marvel world. Superhero series and films have evolved tremendously because they’re being taken more seriously and cast with great talent. While Tatiana Maslany might not have been the first person audiences would think of when She-Hulk was mentioned, she’ll give the character some incredible presence and true dimension, fleshing her out more than she’s ever been.

It’s not a TV crime drama, but fans should consider checking this one out just to see her take on a new character who’s also discovering herself in the same way that Sister Alice did by the end of Perry Mason. Maslany is wonderful at building interior lives for her characters and this will be one more to watch out for.

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She-Hulk is written by Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty) and directed by Kat Coiro (Single Parents). The show does not yet have a premiere date.