Marvel’s Eternals Movie Casts Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie makes her superhero debut in Marvel's Eternals movie. Chlo Zhao directs Jack Kirby's classic 1976 miniseries.

Marvel's The Eternals Movie art by Jack Kirby

Gods and Goddesses are coming back in Marvel’s Eternals movie. Angelina Jolie, who won an Oscar for her role in Girl, Interrupted, is in talks to join the upcoming feature film adaptation of Jack Kirby’s The Eternalsaccording to Variety.  The film, which is coming from Disney and Marvel Studios, will be directed by Chloe Zhao.

The Eternals are a hidden race living on Earth. Their creators were space gods called the Celestials who visited earth 5 million years ago. They performed genetic experiments on early forms of life on earth, giving them cosmic powers and near-immortality. The Eternals were created as a force for good They are sworn enemies to the Deviants, also created by Celestials. Eternals and Deviants have been around for thousands of years and are often mistaken for local gods and other mythological figures. Eternals are impossibly beautiful. The mutated Deviants are grotesque. They act like a cult and think the world was made for them. The Eternals mythology is mentioned in the Guardians of the Galaxy films.

There is no word yet on who Jolie will play. She will next star in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, one of four live-action feature adaptations coming from Disney this year, along with Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King. She will also star in the live-action/animation hybrid The One and Only Ivan.

Cinese-born filmmaker Chloe Zhao (The RiderSongs My Brother Taught Me) is currently in post-production on the film Nomadland, which stars Frances McDormand.

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The Eternals movie is expected to feature Marvel’s first openly gay character. Marvel currently has nine untitled movies on the release schedule between 2019 and 2022. No release date has been announced.

Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFKRead more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.