Marvel fans love few things more than a puzzle, and the company’s studio has been all too happy to take fans for a spin. There’s no denying that Marvel Studios is protective of its secrets, and the company is selective with spilling beans. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe heads into its next phase, fans of the franchise are already digging into its projects’ deepest secrets and rumors. And, now, a surprise casting revelation has fans on-edge.
If you have never heard of Raja Ilya, you will soon. The Malaysian actress may not be well-known in the U.S., but the star will be making her Western debut soon enough thanks to Marvel. Recently, the actress did an interview with a hometown newspaper Star2 and announced she had nabbed a very secretive role in the MCU. While Ilya could not say much about her involvement, the star say she was directed to fly out to Hollywood for more shooting information.
“I can’t get any accurate shooting location for now. I’ve just been informed to fly to Hollywood by the end of the year for role selection and for which Marvel title [I’ll be working on],” she explained.
When asked about how she got involved with Marvel Studios, Ilya said it was through personal connections. “The offer came from someone I know from Indonesia who has already acted in a few Marvel and Disney movies...Now I just have to get prepared for the moment of my life.”
During her interview, Ilya also made it known she will start working with a Hollywood trainer for her mysterious role. Martial artist and actor Yayan Ruhian will be helping Ilya prepare.
As for which project Ilya may be working on, fans cannot be sure. Marvel Studios has made no comment on the the actress’ part in the MCU, but fans have their own guesses. The Malaysian star isn’t known overseas, but her fame abroad is sizable. The actress has won numerous awards for her work on TV dramas and films like Soulmate Hingga Jannah. As such, the Internet is buzzing with rumors that Ilya may be involved with Captain Marvel which stars Brie Larson as its titular heroine.
So, what do you think? Do you believe Ilya has been brought on for a bigger role in the MCU? Or do you think the Malaysian star will have a smaller part in the universe?
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