Angelina Jolie is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it has been revealed that she is closing a deal to star in a superhero movie based on The Eternals.
No official announcement has been made, but it is understood that Marvel is moving ahead with the project after studio president, Kevin Feige confirmed its development last April, as part of Marvel’s so-called “Phase 4”.
Reports suggest that the central character of The Eternals film – whom Jolie is presumably playing – is called Sersi, one of a group of near-immortal humans given superpowers by aliens.
The Eternals is to be written by cousins Matthew and Ryan Firpo, and directed by Chloé Zhao.
Jolie is currently working on Maleficent: Mistress of Evil which has a release date of May 29, 2020, the sequel to the successful Sleeping Beauty spin-off from 2014.
While The Eternals would be Jolie’s first Marvel film, she is no stranger to fantasy-action film-making: she has previously appeared in comic-book adaptation Wanted in 2008, the sword-and-sorcery epic Beowulf in 2007, and two Lara Croft films, in 2001 and 2003.
By Damilola Faustino