Eternals: Angelina Jolie Thought Her Role Was an MCU Bit Part

AbraxasNovember 4, 2021


Eternals producer Nate Moore reveals that Angelina Jolie thought her role was only going to be a very small cameo when she was asked to do the film.

Marvel Producer Nate Moore revealed that Angelina Jolie thought her role as Thena in Eternals was only going to be a cameo.

“When we first talked to her, I think she thought, well, I know she thought we wanted her for a very, very small cameo,” Moore explained during a set visit in January. “So she was sort of surprised at the size of the role, and really threw herself into Thena and creating a movement style for Thena and a fighting style for Thena that was unique.”

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Moore said that Jolie’s previous acting credits — including her role as Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider — meant finding a movement style different from characters she had played before. “She could say, ‘Well, I’ve done this before. What if we tried this other thing?'” he explained. “And part of that was developing a weapon system that she could train and become sort of fluent in, because she hadn’t done a lot of swordplay and she hadn’t done a lot of staff fighting and things like that.”


Thena is said to be the “best warrior in the galaxy” and is one of the strongest members of the Eternals, with the ability to create a multitude of different weapons simply by using her hands. That said, Moore revealed that Thena will have a rather tragic storyline that will see her suffer from memory loss. “Because of the amount of memories they have, they become unstuck in their own mind, so she starts to forget exactly when she is, so through the course of the movie, Gilgamesh becomes her protector,” he said.

Related: Why Angelina Jolie Chose Eternals Over Another Major Superhero Role

Eternals follows a group of immortal beings who have lived secretly on Earth for many years. The group is brought out of hiding following the Blip in Avengers: Endgame and is tasked with protecting the world from evil creatures known as Deviants.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Chloé Zhao, the ensemble cast also includes Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Bryan Tyree Henry as Phastos, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Don Lee as Gilgamesh and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman.

Eternals opens in theatres on Nov. 5.

Keep Reading: Eternals Star Angelina Jolie Appears to Confirm Plans for a Sequel

Source: Toronto Sun

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