Madden, who starred on Game of Thrones and Bodyguard, will play Ikaris, a member of the human offshoot Eternals race.
The Eternals centers on the super-powered near-god beings The Celestials and their villainous adversaries the Deviants in a war set millions of years ago. The Celestials experimented on humans creating both races of immortal spinoffs. The Eternals also battled with Greek, Roman and Norse deities before leaving Earth to explore the stars.
Zhao is directing off Matthew and Ryan Firpo’s script. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is producing. Variety had the news first on Madden today.
Also today, Disney released its revamped theatrical release schedule of titles including Fox movies for the period of this year through 2027. Still not revealed is what the May 1 and November 6 release will be next year. The thinking is that it’s two of the following three: The Eternals, Black Widow or Shang Chi.
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