Egyptian-Palestinian actress May Calamawy is set to join the cast of Marvel. Calamawy, best known for her performance in hit comedy Ramy that was aired on Hulu, will star opposite Oscar winning Isaac in the Marvel comic book adaption.
Details of the Bahrain-raised actress’s exact role are yet to be announced; she is currently the only cast member to be listed with Isaac on the Moon Knight IMDb page just yet.
Calamawy is not the only Egyptian talent to be attached to the project, working along side the Clash writer Mohamed Diab set to direct the six-part series, along with Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson.
Filming is scheduled to start in Budapest in March.
The actress is the daughter of an Egyptian father and Jordanian-Palestinian mother. She was born in Bahrain and raised between the Gulf country and Houston, Texas. She now lives back and forth between New York and Los Angeles. She has starred in Emmy-winning series Ramy as Dena Hassan, the sister of the titular protagonist. She has also starred in The Brave and The Long Road Home.
In November, she spoke to Harper’s Bazaar Arabia about her family and upbringing in detail, stating:
“When I was 27 and leaving Dubai to study acting, my dad and my brother were so worried. They would say, ‘Why? You’re at an age where all your friends are getting married.”
“After my mum passed away, I tried to do the ‘right’ thing, find the ‘right’ man and start a family … but I just felt dead inside. I didn’t feel like myself, and I was asking, ‘What is that? I’m just not listening to my true calling,’” she said.
She has also spoken about writing for and about Arab women, while avoiding the pitfalls of being typecast.
“There are so many stories [about Arab women] that need to be told, but for some reason we get put into one box,” she told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.
We can’t wait to see what May Calamawy has in store for us.