EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios Looking For A Gay Asian Lead For ‘The Eternals’

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Production on The Eternals is looking to kickoff this summer. Consequently, Marvel Studios is looking to nail down its cast.

Previously we provided you an exclusive story about Marvel’s desire to cast an openly gay male lead. Now we can bring this additional, exclusive information from That Hashtag Show: we can confirm that the studio is seeking an actor to fill the role of James, who is “intellectual, emotional, and has a strong sense of family.” Specifically, the studio is looking at openly gay/bisexual Asian actors in their 20’s.

One name we hear is at the top of Marvel’s list for the role is Conrad Ricamora. He’s currently starring in How To Get Away With Murder. We have not heard back from Ricamora’s agent.

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Angelina Jolie is already on board and will reportedly play Sersei. Kumail Nanjiani has boarded the project in a currently unknown role as well. Those on Internet are speculating it could be Makkari.

Details about the film are still tightly under wraps. However, we do know that it will center on the Jack Kirby-created comic, The Eternals. The story line follows super- powered and near-immortal beings known as Eternals. They battle with a more monstrous offshoot known as the Deviants. Deviants arose at the hands of the cosmic beings called Celestials (a race featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy films).

Chloe Zhao, an award-winning indie director behind the critical hits The Rider and Songs My Brothers Taught Me, will helm from a script by Matthew and Ryan Firpo.

Stay tuned here to That Hashtag Show for more information on The Eternals as it happens!

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