Gemma Chan is playing Sersi in Eternals, with Barry Keoghan set to play Druig. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding in major ways. After eleven years of the Infinity Saga, MCU Phase 4 is set to introduce a plethora of new characters and franchise to keep the universe fresh. One of the prime examples of this is Eternals, a movie adaptation of the little-known Jack Kirby Marvel characters.
The movie has been speeding through development over the last year or so, with Chloe Zhao set to direct. But, since Eternals is not a well-known franchise, Marvel turned their attention to casting a high-profile, talented, and diverse ensemble. Most of this cast was announced at San Diego Comic-Con, with long-rumored castings of Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, and Kumail Nanjiani made official. After that panel though, reports surfaced that Captain Marvel's Gemma Chan could get a brand new MCU role.
During D23 2019, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that this is the case. Chan will play Sersi in Eternals, who is traditionally one of the lead characters of the comics. Meanwhile, Barry Keoghan was also confirmed to be part of the cast, and he will play the villainous Druig. You can briefly see concept art of the entire cast in these roles in the photo below, as well as Chan's reaction to her casting:
Been dying to share this news with you.. I couldn't be happier to be coming back to the MCU to play this iconic character and to work with this incredible group of people 💚#Eternals #Sersi #D23Expo https://t.co/sXbsjrIfDT— Gemma Chan (@gemma_chan) August 24, 2019
The confirmation of Chan as Sersi and Keoghan as Druig immediately give both of these talented actors potentially big roles in the MCU. Sersi is reportedly the lead character in Eternals, but she has also become an Avenger in the comics before. The MCU could bring Sersi onto a new-look lineup before too long. As for Druig, there is no word on if he is actually going to be the main villain of the film as he usually plays in the comics. If so, then Keoghan will immediately receive a major role in Eternals. But, there's also the possibility that a different character is the villain of the film, and Keoghan's Druig is part of the long-term plans for the Eternals franchise.
As exciting as this news was, they were far from the only details about Eternals that came to light during the panel. After his addition to the MCU was reported yesterday, Marvel also confirmed that Kit Harington will appear in Eternals too. He will play Dane Whitman aka Black Knight. While his appearance wasn't revealed during the presentation, Feige did show off concept art of the rest of the ensemble. All of this comes as Eternals is gearing up to start filming (if it hasn't quietly done so already), so it may not be too long before more details on the movie are released.
- Black Widow (2020) release date: May 01, 2020
- Eternals (2020) release date: Nov 06, 2020
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) release date: Feb 12, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021) release date: May 07, 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) release date: Nov 05, 2021