Marvel initially had doubts about Gemma Chan’s involvement in Eternities, because she had already played another character in Captain Marvel.
Ahead of the release of the superhero film next month, producer Nate Moore looked back at the casting process and how, despite being billed as the protagonist of the MCU outing, she stopped taking Sersi’s role to take the longest time to fill.
“Gemma was not necessarily the first person we thought of,” he said Screen Rant. “But when we read people and I remember the point where we said ‘Shall we read Gemma, is that weird? Will our audience follow us or will they say no?’
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“We read her and she was perfect. We said, ‘Well, let’s see.’ But you know, if Minn-Erva was not blue, I do not know if we would have pulled that trigger. “
Directed by Nomadland‘s Chloé Zhao, Eternities centers on an advanced, immortal alien race that has lived on earth in secret for thousands of years.
After never interfering in major events before, including Thanos’ infamous first Snap, unless their evil fellow Deviants were to blame, the group finds itself having to reconsider their passive position afterwards.Avengers: Endgame, and come together to protect humanity from a formidable new enemy.
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Along with Chan, it has features Game of Thrones‘Richard Madden (as Ikaris) and Kit Harington (as Dane Whitman / Black Knight), The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), The great sick‘s Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Dunkirk‘s Barry Keoghan (Druig), Train to Busan‘s Don Lee (Gilgamesh), The lodge‘s Lia McHugh (Sprite) and Atlanta‘s Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos).
Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek round out the star-studded cast that plays Thena and Ajak, respectively.
Eternities will be released in the US and UK on November 5, 2021.
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