We've known that Loki -- a Disney+ streaming series starring Tom Hiddleston as the MCU God of Mischief -- was on the way for a while now, but much of the show still remains a mystery, including which actors will join Hiddleston for Loki's next Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure. Now another big name is joining the show's cast.
ComicBook.com reported Friday that Owen Wilson, a Golden Globe-nominated star best known for his frequent collaborations with director Wes Anderson and voicing Lightning McQueen in Pixar's Cars franchise, has joined the cast alongside Hiddleston. While the report, later confirmed by The Wrap, noted that Wilson has been cast in a "major role" in the series, we don't yet know what role that might be. The role would be Wilson's first major comic book-based work, but far from his first major genre work. In addition to Cars, his past credits also include Armageddon, Night at the Museum, Midnight in Paris, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and more.
Hiddleston first appeared as Loki nearly a decade ago in Marvel's Thor, and soon became a fan favorite thanks to his role as the primary villain in The Avengers in 2012. Since then Loki has been through a lot in the MCU, co-starring in all three Thor films before his apparent death in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018. In Avengers: Endgame the character got a new chance at life thanks to a mishap with the Tesseract that sent him into an alternate timeline. The Loki series will give Hiddleston and company a chance to explore that alternate reality, which means it has the potential to go anywhere. That also means that Wilson could be playing any number of characters from throughout Loki's long comic book history.
Loki was first announced back in 2018, shortly after the character's apparent demise in Infinity War. Michael Waldron will serve as showrunner on the series, and Kate Herron will direct. The series is expected to arrive on Disney+ sometime in 2021, after the debuts of fellow MCU seriesThe Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision.