Gemma Chan (“Crazy Rich Asians”) is in talks to join Marvel’s “The Eternals,” which focuses on a group of ancient human beings, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Chan previously played Minn-Erva in “Captain Marvel.” It is unknown if Chan will reprise her role or will play a different character. If it is a new role, this would be the first time that an actor played separate roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Chloe Zhao (“The Rider”) will direct from a script by blacklist screenwriters Matthew and Ryan Firpo. “The Eternals” will focus on the race of ancient, superpowered humans created by Jack Kirby in 1976.
Chan would join a cast that stars Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani, South Korean actor Ma Dong-seok, who will make his American film debut, along with Lia McHugh, Lauren Ridloff and Brian Tyree Henry.
In the comics, The Eternals are a race of ancient humans with fantastic powers and very long lives. Among their ranks are beings who would later be worshipped as gods or regarded as legendary heroes.
Marvel has set “The Eternals” for a Nov. 6, 2020 release, the studio announced during its panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
Marvel declined to comment.
Chan is repped by WME and Independent Talent Group.
Variety first reported the news.