Mindy Kaling, Riz Ahmed want in on Ms Marvel movie

Mindy Kaling and Riz Ahmed want in on Ms Marvel, the first ever Muslim superhero movie.
Riz Ahmed; Mindy Kaling; Kumail Nanjiani Photo credit: Reuters

Mindy Kaling and Riz Ahmed have shared their excitement over the possibility of Muslim superhero movie, suggesting they want to work on it.

The Hollywood actors took to Twitter following Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) boss Kevin Feige making headlines by saying there were big screen plans for Ms Marvel - a character whose real name is Kamala Khan, a teen Pakistani-American Muslim.

"So when do Marvel Studios want me, Mindy Kaling and Kumail Nanjiani to get started on the Ms Marvel screenplay?" tweeted Ahmed.

"Riz! I am obsessed with this comic book, I've read them all. I love Kamala Khan," replied Kaling.

Ahmed is a British-Pakistani actor who became the first ever Muslim to win a Best Actor Emmy for his lead role in The Night Of.

He's also starred in movies including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Nightcrawler and Four Lions.

Kaling is an American of Indian descent, who has starred in The Office, Inside Out, Ocean's 8 and her own show, The Mindy Project.

Nanjiani - who hasn't responded to the tweet - is a Pakistani-American who won acclaim for his semi-autobiographical romantic comedy film The Big Sick. He also stars in Silicon Valley.

Marvel Studios is currently enjoying enormous success with Black Panther, a film set in Africa, written and directed by African-Americans and with a predominantly black cast.

Should Ms Marvel get her own feature film, there's likely to be pressure on the studio to ensure it's made by filmmakers with a heritage similar to that of the character.