In a recent interview with HeyUGuys, The Walking Dead star Lauren Ridloff confirmed that reshoots on Chloe Zhao’s highly-anticipated MCU film Eternals have been completed, which probably took place during the summer. Originally scheduled for a February 2021 release, the star-studded film has now been pushed back for the third time to November 5, 2021 which will be a year after its original planned debut date.
“I just actually finished my second day of shooting for a Marvel movie,” Ridloff said. “We were doing re-shoots actually, we were just finishing the second day of the reshoots and I was like ‘It’s a really good week, it was great to be back on set working, and it’s great to get this news.”
In addition, Ridloff also revealed how Angelina Jolie played a big role in leading the cast on set, while also expressing her gratefulness towards the Oscar-winning actress in helping her when she struggled during a specific scene.
“Well, Angie, I have to say, she is both gentle and strong. I was so grateful and appreciative to have her there with us because I feel like she really is very aware of what our needs might be,” She shared. “She’s always thinking about the cast. She would ask questions that a lot of us were wondering and she’s the one who stepped forward and asked those questions.”
She continued, “I was struggling with trying to figure out a cue for a specific scene and I just couldn’t see the director giving me the cue. So, it was a little awkward and through conversations with Angie she helped figure out the best way we could make that scene work. And I mean, Angie just has such a big heart because she’s willing to share her experiences with us.”
Eternals is based upon Jack Kirby’s comic of the same name. That series introduced a group of immortals called the Eternals and their rivals, the Deviants. Within the comics, Thanos and the other inhabitants of Titan were also Eternals. It’s unclear if the MCU will maintain that connection.
During the 2019 CCXP, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed a few details of the film’s plot and characters, confirming that the Celestials and Deviants are indeed included in the film. The Celestials are known as a powerful race of aliens who played a huge role in key events in human history. They are the reasons why the Eternals and the Eternals’ evil counterparts Deviants were created.
“[The Eternals is] an epic that spans 7,000 years of human history, has cosmic connotations, and changes everything we know about the MCU,” Feige explained. “It’s ambitious, and takes…from present-day to Mesopotamia to all sorts of locations and time periods and really feels like nothing we’ve done before.”
“We will see the Celestials in their full, true, enormous power in Eternals, yes,” Feige said.“Deviants are in the film. The Deviants in the comic book mythology were…extremely important plans of the Celestials…and we will see Deviants that look unlike anything we’ve seen in the comics. This is a new form of Deviants that we’ll see in the movie.”
The film will feature a star-studded cast led by Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie and Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden, who are headlining as Thena and Ikaris, respectively. It will also star Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead) as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) as Phastos, Salma Hayek (Frida) as Ajak, Lia McHugh (The Lodge) as Sprite, Don Lee (Train to Busan) as Gilgamesh, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Barry Keoghan as Druig and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as Dane Whitman/ Black Knight.
Chloe Zhao is directing Eternals from a script by Matthew K. Firpo and Ryan Firpo. It will hit theaters on November 5, 2021.