The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri on being cast in Marvel’s Thunderbolts

Back in January, it was revealed that Ayo Edebiri, known for her breakout role in The Bear, was set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an undisclosed role for the upcoming Thunderbolts movie.

Though Edebiri had not officially confirmed her involvement in the Phase 5 film, she expressed her excitement for the project and her journey in the MCU while discussing her voice role as April O’Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem in an interview with Backstage Magazine (the interview took place before the strikes).

Edebiri said, “I love being a sponge. I just want to learn as much as possible. I’m excited [for ‘Thunderbolts’] because I don’t know; and to me, that’s cool. I feel like those are always the situations that I’ve benefited from the most. If I don’t know what I’m going to learn, that’s the best possible scenario for me.”

As of now, there are no official details about Edebiri’s character in the movie. However, there have been rumors that she might be playing the liaison between Val (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and the Thunderbolts team.

The current Thunderbolts roster includes characters like Red Guardian (David Harbour), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), John Walker/U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell), and Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko).

Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine will be the one assembling the team, and she may also be partially responsible for the creation of Sentry.

Harrison Ford is set to replace the late William Hurt as Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, who might undergo a transformation into the Red Hulk.

The movie will be directed by Jake Schreier (Robot and Frank, Dave) with the script penned by Eric Pearson, the writer behind Black Widow.

Originally scheduled for production in June, the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes caused delays, prompting Marvel Studios to announce the shift of the movie’s release date from July 26, 2024, to December 20, 2024.

Edebiri hits Bottom

Ayo Edebiri can also be seen in this month’s Bottoms a film that pays homage to David Fincher’s Fight Club. The story revolves around two queer teen girls, PJ (portrayed by Rachel Sennott) and Josie (played by Edebiri), who come up with an unconventional plan to lose their virginities to cheerleaders. They create a fight club as part of their scheme, with the intention of gaining popularity and recognition among their peers.

Surprisingly, their peculiar plan works, and the fight club gains traction. Soon, the most popular girls in school find themselves engaged in physical altercations under the guise of self-defense. However, as the fight club’s popularity grows, PJ and Josie find themselves in over their heads, realizing that they need an escape plan before their scheme is exposed. Watch the trailer below:

The film is directed by Emma Seligman, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Rachel Sennott. The cast also includes Havana Rose Liu, Kaia Gerber, Nicholas Galitzine, Dagmara Dominczyk, and Marshawn Lynch, adding to the talent and diversity of the ensemble.

Sennott and Edebiri have previously collaborated on comedy series like Ayo and Rachel Are Single, showcasing their chemistry and comedic prowess.

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