Our pals at ThatHashtagShow are now reporting that Marvel Studios is starting to cast roles for their new cosmic franchise The Eternals, which will be directed by Chloe Zhao. They are now saying that the studio is strongly pushing to cast an openly gay actor to play a lead role in the film.

During the press coverage of Ant-Man and The Wasp last year, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige stated that the studio was working towards bringing a new, LGBTQ character to the mix in the near future. As it turns out, that future is nearly upon us as the studio searches for an actor, 30-49, who “physically looks like a superhero” for one of the film’s leads. While the studio is open to actors of all ethnicity, they would prefer the role to go to an openly gay actor.

It remains to be seen what character this could be but Hercules might be a good candidate along with many other Eternals.

There is also updated production information as they’ll begin filming on September 9th and will wrap sometime in January.

While rumors have swirled to the contrary, the film is still scheduled to begin filming in the UK on September 9th of this year and continue filming through January of 2020. With cameras set to roll in just over 6 months, the studio is already actively searching for candidates to fill several roles and, we are told, may have already identified a favorite for the role of Ikaris.

HN Entertainment suspects that if The Eternals does end up filming in the UK, they’d likely end up filming at Pinewood Studios UK, as that is the current filming location for Black Widow (aka Blue Bayou) for its summer shoot and would likely move on to exterior sequences in other countries giving up the space for another production, but this just our speculation for the moment.

The Eternals hasn’t been giving an official release date but there is a good chance it could land the November 2020 spot.


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