EXCLUSIVE: Geraldine Viswanathan is set to join Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts as she replaces Ayo Edebiri, who is departing the project due to scheduling after production was delayed due to the dual WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes last year.
Viswanathan is the second recent addition after the film added Lewis Pullman to step in for Steven Yeun, who departed for similar scheduling reasons as Edebiri.
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Marvel had no comment.
Viswanathan joins an ensemble originally announced during Disney’s D23 event last year that includes Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, David Harbour as Red Guardian, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Wyatt Russell as U.S. Agent John Walker, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost and Olga Kurylenko as Taskmaster.
Jake Schreier is set as director of the new Marvel tentpole, which Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is producing. Not much is known about the plot of the film, but the comics revolve around a group of villains who are sent on missions commissioned by the government.
Thunderbolts is film is set to bow in July 2025.
Since her breakout role in the Universal comedy Blockers, Viswanathan has been busy. Her 2023 included the TBS series Miracle Workers as well as the Sundance pic Cat Person and the Apple pic The Beanie Bubble. Next up, Viswanathan is set to star opposite Margaret Qualley in Ethan Coen’s Drive-Away Dolls as well as the Amazon comedy You’re Cordially Invited that also stars Will Ferrell and Reese Witherspoon.
Viswanathan is repped by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment, Mollison Keightley Management in Australia and Sloane Offer Weber.
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