Angelina Jolie in Talks to Join Marvel’s The Eternals

Oscar winner Angelina Jolie is reportedly “in talks” to join the cast of Marvel’s The Eternals.

The sci-fi/fantasy film is poised to be one of the next big event films in the MCU. The Eternals will be directed by Chloe Zhao (The Rider).

“While details about the movie are being kept under wraps, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that one aspect to the story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans,” according to THR. “It is unclear who Jolie will play. Marvel had no comment.”

Here are our thoughts on the big casting news:

The Eternals are a powerful race of cosmic beings who have existed in our solar system for millions of years. While most Eternals look perfectly human on the outside, their advanced biology gives them incredible strength, long lives and powers that set them far above mortal men.

Both the Eternals and their genetic cousins, the Deviants, were created by the cosmic gods known as the Celestials through experiments on early proto-humans. And where most Eternals have chosen to follow the path of peace, the Deviants are hateful and warlike, with their hideous outer appearance reflecting their twisted inner nature. The two races have been locked in a never-ending war since those early days, with humanity sometimes paying the price.

Check out our full explainer on who the Eternals are here.

This isn’t the first time Angelina Jolie has been linked with the MCU, having been previously rumored as a frontrunner to direct Captain Marvel. That blockbuster ended up being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Jesse Schedeen contributed to this report.