By Stephen Ippolito | October 16th, 2020
Last month, news broke by multiple Hollywood trades that actress Tatiana Maslany had been cast as Jenifer Walters in the upcoming She-Hulk series on Disney+. While Marvel Studios did not confirm it, the story seemed real given the outlets’ accuracy in the past. Also, the fact that Bruce Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo, posted on Twitter a message welcoming Maslany to the MCU made it seem like the news was legit.
Now in a new interview with The Sudbury Star, Maslany says that this report is not true.
“That actually isn’t a real thing and it’s like a press release that’s gotten out of hand,” Maslany stated. “It’s totally not — I’ve been connected to these things in the past and press has gotten onto it, but it’s not actually a thing, unfortunately.”
First off, I just want to say I don’t believe her for a second. Sure it’s possible that highly reliable outlets like Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter got it wrong. And sure, she could have since left the project because of “creative differences.” But I do not believe either of these to be the case.
The reason that I think she said what she said is because she wants to add more hype to when Marvel announces it. By denying it, she’s already created buzz and getting people to talk about it and question what’s going on. That way, when Marvel does officially announce her casting (perhaps at Disney’s Investor day in December?), it’s more dramatic and gets more attention in the news.
Also, if she did leave because of “creative differences,” the same outlets that broke the news would have reported it. Whether it was before she did the interview or after, Justin Kroll of Deadline or Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter would have at least confirmed it by now.
Don’t worry folks, I guarantee Tatiana Maslany is still your She-Hulk.