Aubrey Plaza is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe to appear in the WandaVision spinoff Agatha: Cover of Chaos with Kathryn Hahn.
The casting, first reported by The Illuminerdi and confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, marks Plaza’s second foray into the world of Marvel comics. She previously appeared in the X-Men-adjacent FX series Legion, before Disney took over Fox and brought the X-Men IP into the MCU’s portfolio. Plaza, our summer cover star, is also currently starring on Season 2 of HBO’s The White Lotus as a woman on vacation in Italy with her husband’s friends, and struggling to get along with them.
WandaVision head writer Jac Schaeffer is among those working on Agatha: Cover of Chaos. In WandaVision, Hahn played a neighbor of Wanda and Vision (Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany) who turns out to be more complicated than she seems. It’s unclear what role Plaza — who starred with Olsen in 2017’s Ingrid Goes West — will play in Agatha.
Plaza broke into the film industry partly by way of another comic-book inspired film, Edgar Wright’s 2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which was inspired by by Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels. In our cover story, she talked about landing her roles in Scott Pilgrim, the NBC sitcom Parks and Rec and Judd Apatow’s Funny People all in a single week — despite not initially recognizing Wright when she auditioned for Scott Pilgrim.
“I didn’t realize it was a director’s audition. I thought I was just going in to do a cold read. So I went into that audition, and then it turned out that Edgar Wright was there, and I didn’t even know who he was,” she says. “I remember doing the audition and then leaving abruptly, and he was like, ‘Hello? You do realize that I am the director. I’m Edgar Wright.’ And I was like, ‘I didn’t know, I thought you were, like, the casting person.’ I was like, ‘I’m sorry,’” she recalled.
Everything worked out just fine. Plaza and Wright have remained friends, and when she turned up on the cover of MovieMaker looking more than a little like Lara Croft, he reached out to ask if she was the new Tomb Raider — an experience she recounts here.
Main image: Aubrey Plaza in character in her recent film Emily the Criminal.