Oscar nominee Olivia Colman is heading into the Marvel Universe.
Colman, who is nominated for the best supporting actress Academy Award for her role in the British drama The Father, is in negotiations to join Secret Invasion, Marvel Studios’ next series.
The show uses the events of Marvel’s Captain Marvel movie as a launching pad and focuses on the ever-popular secret agent Nick Fury, played by a returning Samuel L. Jackson, and a shapeshifter from the alien race known as the Skrulls (Ben Mendelsohn, reprising his role from the feature).
Plot details are being kept under wraps but infiltration of Skrulls on Earth figures into the proceedings. It is unclear who Colman would play.
Marvel had no comment, but the cast also includes One Night in Miami breakout Kingsley Ben-Adir as the likely villain.
Directors are being lined up for the job and Kyle Bradstreet, who worked on the acclaimed cyber-thriller series Mr Robot, is writing and executive producing Invasion.
Colman won an Oscar for her work opposite Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in 2018’s The Favourite in a part that landed her numerous other plaudits. Her regal work as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s The Crown also earned her considerable raves. She will next be heard in Sony Pictures Animation’s The Mitchells vs the Machines. She is one of the voice stars in the Phil Lord-Chris Miller-produced feature set in a robot apocalypse.