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Marvel casts Tatiana Maslany as big, green lawyer the sensational She-Hulk

Bruce Banner’s cousin will put a twist on hulking out in her Disney Plus show

She-Hulk bursts through a wall brandishing a legal summons on the cover of She-Hulk #6, Marvel Comics (2014). Image: Kevin Wada/Marvel Comics
Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany will play the role of She-Hulk in She-Hulk on Disney Plus, reports Variety. Jen Walters, Esq. is Bruce Banner’s cousin, and she can get just as big and green as the Hulk — but she’s also a lawyer.

Marvel first announced plans for a She-Hulk television show a year ago at Disney’s D23 expo. Maslany’s casting is the first news to come out of the production. The actress is best known for playing nearly a dozen of the major roles in hit drama Orphan Black, about a group of women living very different lives who realize they are all clones. She’s no stranger to playing very different moods or personalities within a single production, which will come in handy on the set of She-Hulk.

A photo of actor Tatiana Maslany Photo: FilmMagic/Getty Images

In Marvel comics, Jennifer Walters is a shy student, who, thanks to a life-saving, emergency blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner, gains the ability to grow big, and green, and strong, just like him. But unlike Bruce, Jennifer remains in control of her faculties when she hulks out, and transforms back and forth at will.

She was created by Stan Lee and artist John Buscema in 1980, after Lee feared that the success of The Bionic Woman TV series would lead the folks behind the The Incredible Hulk TV series to introduce a lady version of the Hulk. In her early years as a character, her solo series became known for being a self-aware comedy — and for putting her in ripped outfits quite often.

Starting in 2004, with She-Hulk: Single Green Female, however, her books have skewed toward equally self-aware, fantastical legal procedurals, where Spider-Man sues J. Jonah Jameson for libel, Captain America is cleared of murder, and Doctor Strange is brought into the courtroom to call upon the victim’s ghost to identify his killer.

When She-Hulk was announced last year, Marvel Studios indicated that the show would be available on Disney Plus, and was slated for 2022.

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