Angelina Jolie is joining the superhero world. The actress and activist is set to make her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in The Eternals next year, and she says in an interview that her six kids are the most excited of all.
“What’s really moving to me is that they want to see me strong, and so it’s less to see me in a film, but they’re just happy I will be strong and having fun,” Jolie,, says of Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and 11-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
The Eternals will also star Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani and former Game of Thrones star Richard Madden as a group of ancient superheroes. Jolie plays Thena, a superhuman who has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes.
The long list of powers has Jolie giving it her all in training, doing “everything from swords to ballet.” “She’s a warrior,” she says. “I’m going to have to work very hard to give the Marvel Cinematic Universe the Thena they deserve.”
The project comes during a busy time for the star who next appears in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, a sequel to the 2014 blockbuster Disney hit about the iconic Sleeping Beauty villain.
Jolie also has The One and Only Ivan, which she is also producing, hitting theaters in Aug. 2020 and recently wrapped filming the thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead.
The actress is also focusing on another project with her six kids — a new global current affairs TV program for children she’s partnering with the BBC for.