Thunderbolts: Geraldine Viswanathan Steps In for Ayo Edebiri, Who Departs Due to Scheduling Marvel’s Thunderbolts Movie Loses Another Actor
Following Steven Yeun‘s exit, Marvel Studios‘ Thunderbolts loses another major cast member, with a new actor replacing a star from The Bear.
Thunderbolts Cast Changes Explained
Thunderbolts‘ first major loss was that of The Walking Dead‘s Yeun. The actor was rumored to play Sentry in the film, with The Walking Dead and Invincible creator Robert Kirkman confirming that Yeun was indeed playing Marvel‘s Superman-like character and had even tried out the hero’s costume.
Yeun later commented on his departure from the movie, revealing that it was due to scheduling conflicts and that he still wanted to be part of an MCU movie in the future.
Following Yeun‘s exit from Marvel‘s Thunderbolts, multiple names were rumored to have received offers to star as Bob Reynolds, aka Sentry, in the film. Among the names are Ryan Gosling, Dev Patel, and Euphoria‘s Austin Abrams. However, Top Gun: Maverick‘s Lewis Pullman was reported to be in consideration to play Sentry.
Now, Deadline‘s report of Edebiri‘s exit addressed Pullman‘s Thunderbolts casting, saying, “Viswanathan is the second recent addition after the film added Lewis Pullman to step in for Steven Yeun.”
While Kirkman helped confirm that Yeun was initially set to play Sentry in Marvel‘s Thunderbolts, Edebiri‘s role in the film, which will now be played by Viswanathan, remains a secret. The actress was rumored to play Songbird in Thunderbolts.
In the comics, the character was one of the founding members of the team, so her presence in the MCU movie would make sense. With production on Thunderbolts starting in the next couple of months, the mystery role could be revealed soon.
Geraldine Viswanathan Joins Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts Pic
Geraldine Viswanathan steps in for Ayo Edebiri in Marvel‘s “Thunderbolts” movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Geraldine Viswanathan is set to join Marvel Studios‘ Thunderbolts as she replaces Ayo Edebiri, who is departing the project due to scheduling after production was delayed due to the dual WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes last year.
Viswanathan is the second recent addition after the film added Lewis Pullman to step in for Steven Yeun, who departed for similar scheduling reasons as Edebiri.
Marvel had no comment.
Viswanathan joins an ensemble originally announced during Disney‘s D23 event last year that includes FlorencePugh as Yelena Belova, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, David Harbour as Red Guardian, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Wyatt Russell as U.S. Agent John Walker, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, and Olga Kurylenko as Taskmaster.
Jake Schreier is set as director of the new Marvel tentpole, which Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is producing. Not much is known about the plot of the film, but the comics revolve around a group of villains who are sent on missions commissioned by the government.
Thunderbolts is film is set to bow in July 2025.