With “Captain Marvel,” Marvel Studios finally gives us one of their standalone superhero films with a female lead this time. Now a new report suggests the studio may be making progress in another way.
That Hashtag Show reports that the studio is currently searching for an actor aged 30-49 who ‘physically looks like a superhero’ to fill one of the lead roles in Chloe Zao’s upcoming film adaptation of “The Eternals”.
More specifically they claim that while the studio is open to performers of any ethnicity, the would “prefer the role to go to an openly gay actor”. Said report doesn’t hint as to which member of the team the actor would play but apparently it will not be Sersi, Ikaris or Piper.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige stated during press rounds for “Ant-Man and The Wasp” last year that the studio was working on adding a new LGBTQ character to the Marvel mix in the near future.
Zhao has apparently previously expressed interest in casting “The Umbrella Academy” breakout Cameron Britton as Ikaris, while Polish actor Tomasz Kot is also apparently being looked at for a supporting role.
Filming is still reportedly scheduled to kick off in September in the UK.