Kumail Nanjiani is in negotiations to star opposite Angelina Jolie in Marvel’s forthcoming superhero adventure feature.
The Eternals is based on the 1976 comic book series created by Jack Kirby. It follows two groups of super-powered and near-immortal beings created by the Celestials — one being the Eternals, and the other being their villainous offshoot, the Deviants.
According to The Hollywood Repoter, Jolie will play Sersi, an outgoing Eternal who is not afraid to move amongst humankind. Details about what character Nanjiani would play are being kept under wraps.
The feature will be directed by Chloe Zhao from a script drafted by Matthew and Ryan Firpo. It is one of two features that Marvel is planning on shooting this year.
Before the Oscar-nominated comedian makes his first foray into the realm of superheroes, you can see him next in Columbia Pictures’ Men in Black: International and Universal Pictures’ The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.