Kumail Nanjiani in Talks to Join Angelina Jolie in Marvel's 'The Eternals' (Exclusive)
Kumail Nanjiani is the latest to go Marvel.
The comedian and Oscar nominee is in negotiations to star alongside Angelina Jolie in The Eternals, one of two features that Marvel is prepping to shoot this year.
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Chloe Zhao is directing the superhero adventure project, based on the 1976 comic book series created by Jack Kirby. The heroes got a dusting off in the 2000s by author Neil Gaiman. The project features the superpowered and near-immortal beings known as Eternals and a more monstrous offshoot known as the Deviants that were created by cosmic beings known as Celestials.
Jolie is understood to be playing the character named Sersi, a more outgoing Eternal who has not been afraid to move amongst humankind.
Nanjiani’s character details were hidden in the sands of time.
Nanjiani, who earned an Oscar nomination for co-writingwith wife Emily Gordon, is hitting a busy time period. On the TV side, he stars in the first episode from CBS All-Access and exec producer Jordan Peele. On the movie side, he will be seen in Sony’s , which is set to open June 14, and then stars with Dave Bautista in the action comedy , which Disney/Fox will open July 12.
Additionally, the actor, repped byUTA, Mosaic and Schreck Rose, recently wrapped, a comedy that also stars Issa Rae that he exec produced.
Marvel had no comment.
by Graeme McMillan
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