According to Deadline‘s Justin Kroll, Academy Award nominee Steven Yeun has joined the cast of Marvel’s Thunderbolts!
Kroll also reports that Yeun’s role, while under wraps, will be MAJOR within the ongoing Marvel franchise.
He says that it will “not only significant [be] to this film but a major role going forward in future films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Yeun isn’t the only newcomer to the franchise though, as The Bear‘s Ayo Edibiri was revealed to be joining the cast a few weeks ago too!
They join Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes a.k.a Winter Soldier, David Harbour as Red Guardian, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Wyatt Russell as US Agent, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost and Olga Kurylenko as Taskmaster.
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After quietly brewing at Marvel Studios for quite some time,Thunderbolts finally begins filming later this year.
Director Jake Schreier reportedly blew away execs and ultimately landing him the job. Not much is known about the plot of the film other than it revolves around a group of supervillains (or at least characters who have played bad guys at one point in MCU). Marvel has been in touch with certain individuals who are already part of the MCU to make sure to keep an opening in their schedules for next summer when it shoots.
For those unfamiliar with the Thunderbolts, it would be fair to say that they are Marvel’s equivalent to the Suicide Squad; however, they don’t have bombs in their necks forcing them to save the world against their will. Instead, they are recruited by General Thaddeus E. “Thunderbolt” Ross.
Sadly, William Hurt, who played Marvel Cinematic Universe, passed away in May. He has since been recast by Harrison Ford, who will debut in Captain America: New World Order. The character was last seen in Black Widow in frail condition, leading people to believe he could become Red Hulk by subjecting himself to a variant of the Super Soldier Program.
In the comics, the Thunderbolts have consisted of Baron Zemo, U.S. Agent, the Winter Soldier, Yelena Belova, Ghost, Taskmaster, and Abomination, all of which currently exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Additionally, Deadpool, Luke Cage, and even Ghost Rider have served on the team at some point.
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