It seems Marvel has been hitting on the idea of casting actors from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Fox had gotten Maisie “Arya Stark” Williams for its “X-Men” spinoff film “New Mutants.” Iwan “Ramsay Bolton” again got to play a scheming villain in the panned one-season MCU-set ABC series, “The Inhumans.”
Now another veteran of the dark medieval fantasy is being courted by Marvel Studios. Richard Madden, who portrayed Robb Stark on the first three seasons of “Game of Thrones,” is being tapped to join the cast of “The Eternals.” Madden has remained a hot star on TV thanks to his lead role in BBC/Netflix’s “Bodyguard.”
Marvel Studios has yet to comment on casting, which may have already secured Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani. “The Eternals” is one of the MCU films being developed after the 10-year, 22-film and 3-phase “Infinity” saga. Matthew and Ryan Firpo are writing the script, with Chloe Zhao set to direct.
“The Eternals” in Marvel are another ancient race of super-humans, created by comic creator Jack Kirby in 1976. They came to be when primitive men millions of years ago were experimented by cosmic entities called Celestials. One Celestial has already appeared in the MCU. He is the “living planet” Ego (Kurt Russel), father of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
Before work on “The Eternals” proceeds, Richard Madden will be appearing on film this year in the Elton John biopic “Rocketman.” No date on the release of “The Eternals” has been set. Meanwhile, the Maisie Williams Fox starrer “New Mutants” has been delayed until 2020.