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Gugu Mbatha-Raw is Set to Star in Marvel Series 'Loki' Airing on Disney+

The British-South African actress is set to star as the female lead alongside Tom Hiddleston in the Marvel series.

Deadline reports that British-South African actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has joined the cast of Loki, the Marvel series which is set to air on Disney+.

Mbatha-Raw jumps straight into the Marvel series not long after her role in Apple TV's The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and several other high-profile actors.


Marvel's Loki will focus on the Asgardian trickster who has played a major role in the evolution of Marvel's so-called "movieverse". While the details of Mbatha-Raw's character have not yet been revealed, save that she'll be a female lead, the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson and Sophia Di Martino are all set to be a part of the star-studded cast.

Filming of Loki is currently underway and the series is set to debut on Disney+ in 2021.

Digital Trends explains where exactly Loki will fit in the Marvel Universe in the following excerpt:

"Loki evolved as a character quite a bit over the course of the MCU's evolution, beginning as the wonderfully entertaining, charismatic villain introduced in 2011's Thor, only to realize his heroic potential in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. However, Marvel turned back the clock on the trickster in Avengers: Endgame, which had Loki acquire an Infinity Stone just after the events of 2012's The Avengers and teleport himself to parts unknown. The Loki series picks up after that point in the MCU timeline, with the title character hopping from one place to another with the powerful artifact—the Infinity Stone known as "The Tesseract"—and engaging in what's likely to be all manner of schemes."

Mbatha-Raw had a spectacular year in 2019. Not only was she a part of the casts of several successful drama series, she also landed roles in significant titles including Misbehavior, a dramedy about the Miss World beauty pageant in the 70s, and Seacole, a historical film about pioneering Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole.



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Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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