Loki brings a number of latest faces to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, together with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant, Sasha Lane, and Owen Wilson. Just as in that sentence, the 52-year-old Texas local Wilson will get the particular final billing honour within the Loki credit. And he surely earns that during Loki episode 1 itself, creating an immediate bond with Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief. But along with his in large part indie movie background, Wilson becoming a member of the MCU — the most important franchise available in the market — used to be surely unexpected to many. What went into convincing Wilson? Loki director Kate Herron famous that his personality Mobius, a detective-of-sorts on the Time Variance Authority, broke new floor for Wilson.
“I love [Owen’s] work, and I remember that me and the team were so excited about casting him,” Herron advised newshounds over Zoom. “And they were like, ‘Okay great, Kate, you’re gonna phone him, and you’ll get him on board.’ And I was like, ‘Okay’,” Herron added with a apprehensive snicker. “It was a lot of pressure in that sense. But his films that he made with Wes Anderson early on, like Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, they made me want to make films. I love his work as a writer as much as an actor and I thought he was such an interesting idea as Mobius.
“And honestly, we just had a really long conversation about the world building within the show, the themes of the show, who Mobius is and his relationship with Loki, and who is Loki and his arc. It was a very comprehensive conversation. I remember my heart was beating so fast and I was like, ‘Oh, it sounds like he’s into it’, and at the end of the call, he was just like ‘I’m in’. And that was it really.
“So yeah, now he’s in the MCU. And I think what he’s done is just so different for him, and that was something important to him that we spoke about on the call, was that he wanted to do something really outside of himself. And I think physically, you can see he looks so different to the Owen Wilson that we’ve seen in other films. And I think that it’s not even just a physical transformation. I feel like the characterisation he’s brought as well to Mobius, is new ground for him.”
It’s in part due to Wilson that the Loki-Mobius dynamic feels absolute best off the bat, and turns into the engine of the brand new Marvel sequence proper from Loki episode 1, as I famous in my review. Herron famous that it used to be helped via the Loki lectures Hiddleston performed for the Loki solid and team, together with Wilson, along with script rehearsals, talking with the writers, and listening to concepts from the duo themselves. Wilson and Hiddleston have other performing backgrounds, Herron famous, and he or she believes that still contributed to their chemistry.
“On set, Owen sometimes would improvise stuff, because that’s Owen,” Herron added. “But the joy of it was that Tom’s been playing Loki for over a decade so he very quickly could improvise something back in character. I think that was the real fun of it, and finding that rhythm on set. I think the interesting thing is that Tom is like a classically trained actor, and he’s done a lot of Shakespeare. Whereas Owen, he began as like this indie darling and did a lot of comedy films. And I think bringing those two very different backgrounds and personalities together — I think that makes for great chemistry on screen.”
Loki episode 1 is out on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. Loki episode 2 will unencumber June 16 at 12:30pm IST/ 12am PT international. New Loki episodes air each and every Wednesday till July 14. In India, Loki is available in English and Hindi, and coming soon in Tamil and Telugu.