The upcoming Marvel Studios film ‘The Eternals’ has Richard Madden in talks to join the cast. According to Variety, he is up for the role of Ikaris.
Madden broke out with his role of Robb Stark in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones.’ Then he propelled into popularity with BBC’s ‘Bodyguard,’ which got him a Golden Globe for Best Performance. This year, he has Dexter Fletcher’s ‘Rocketman,’ releasing May 31st. Next year, he will be in Sam Mendes’ ‘1917,’ releasing January 10, 2020.
The speculation going around is that Angelina Jolie will play Sersi, a more outgoing Eternal who has not been afraid to move amongst humankind, while Kumail Nanjiani could be portraying Makkari. Meanwhile, Ma Dong-seok could be Druig, but that’s just an educated guess.
Some of the premise, given by The Hollywood Reporter, is below:
“One aspect to the story involves the love story between Ikaris (Madden), a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi (Jolie), who relishes moving amongst humans.”
Meanwhile, according to That Hashtag Show, Marvel Studios is also looking to cast an openly gay Asian male actor for a lead role. The role is under the name 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.
This role will mark the first time Marvel Studios will feature an openly gay male as a lead. This character will likely have a major presence in the film alongside the other leads: Sersi, Ikaris and “Piper.” As for actors, at the top of Marvel’s list for the role is Conrad Ricamora (‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,’ ‘How to Get Away with Murder’).
Moreover, Chloé Zhao (‘The Rider’) will be directing, while the screenplay is from Matthew K. Firpo & Ryan Firpo (‘Ruin’).
Also, for a different role, Zhao has interest in casting Cameron Britton (‘Mindhunter,’ ‘The Umbrella Academy’). Additionally, Tomasz Kot (‘Cold War’) could nab a supporting role in the film, one that requires an imposing physical presence. However, no offers have been made to either of these actors as of now.
Further, filming will begin in the United Kingdom on September 16th, and wrap sometime in January 2020.
There is currently no release date yet, but it will most likely claim the November 6, 2020 slot.
Source: The Wrap