Marvel's 'The Eternals' Adds Kumail Nanjiani, Angelina Jolie Apparently Playing Sersi

Kumail Nanjiani is continuing a stellar year with an interstellar trip to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Big Sick actor and Oscar nominee is reportedly in talks to star in Marvel's ambitious cosmic film The Eternals, joining Angelina Jolie, who has already been cast as Sersi. With this news, Nanjiani adds one more exciting title to his hot streak of projects, having recently come off an eye-opening performance in CBS All Access' The Twilight Zone. And it looks like there's more to look forward to from Nanjiani.The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Nanjiani is in negotiations to star alongside Angelina Jolie in The Eternals directed by The Rider filmmaker Chloe ZhaoBased on characters created by the legendary Jack Kirby, the film is about "super-powered and near-immortal beings known as Eternals and a more monstrous off-shoot known as the Deviants that were created by the cosmic beings called Celestials."

No details were reported on the character that Nanjiani would be playing, but at first glance it seemed like he would be up for the role of Makkari, a speedster with a talent for designing and building high-speed vehicles. The character is in line with Nanjiani's past lighthearted comedic roles, however, he has been proving to be a talented dramatic actor lately. Nanjiani showed off his chops in The Big Sick and in the pilot episode of the new The Twilight Zone, in which he delivered a particularly haunting and vicious performance. Marvel has made a habit of casting traditionally comedic actors in lead roles to give the characters levity, and it's worked like gangbusters for them (see: Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy). If Marvel is casting Nanjiani in this way, against type, perhaps we'll see him as Gilgamesh, AKA The Forgotten One, an outcast of the Eternals who was exiled for meddling in the human world. With THR dropping a pun about the "sands of time" in their report, perhaps Gilgamesh is the role after all.

Meanwhile, Jolie is confirmed by THR to be playing Sersi, a character described as a "more outgoing Eternal who has not been afraid to move amongst humankind."

Zhao, who helmed the acclaimed indie film The Rider, is set to direct The Eternals, with a script from Matthew and Ryan Firpo. It's not clear yet when The Eternals will be coming out in the post-Avengers: Endgame timeline, but watch this space for more updates in the future.