In the ever-evolving world of Marvel Studios, change is the only constant, especially regarding its highly anticipated ensemble film, Thunderbolts. The latest news from this superhero front reports a significant cast shift, with Ayo Edebiri stepping down from her yet-to-be-disclosed role. Geraldine Viswanathan, celebrated for her breakout performances in modern comedies and dramas, is set to fill the vacancy, injecting fresh talent into the project’s dynamic roster.
Viswanathan, who has won audiences over with her charismatic roles in films like the 2018 teen comedy Blockers and the heartfelt The Broken Hearts Gallery, is no stranger to diverse characters and storytelling. Her addition to Thunderbolts marks a pivotal turn in her career, aligning her with Marvel’s renowned ensemble of antiheroes.
This roster includes Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as the Red Guardian, Wyatt Russell as John Walker, Hannah John-Kamen as Ava Starr, Olga Kurylenko as Taskmaster, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Under the direction of Jake Schreier and the pen of Eric Pearson, the film promises to be a thrilling addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
The casting of Viswanathan isn’t the first major shift for Thunderbolts. Earlier in the month, Lewis Pullman stepped in for Steven Yeun due to scheduling conflicts. These changes stem from the film’s delay to July 2025, initially set for a July 2024 release.
The postponement is a ripple effect of the widespread Hollywood writer and actor strikes in 2023, which brought about significant production challenges and scheduling conflicts. This environment of change has not only affected the cast but has also shaped the course of the film’s production.
Edebiri’s departure from the project coincides with her upcoming hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, slated for February 3, featuring Jennifer Lopez as the musical guest. Her exit, while a shift for Thunderbolts, opens new avenues for her burgeoning career in comedy and entertainment.