D23: Kit Harrington Joins ‘The Eternals’ Along With Barry Keoghan & Gemma Chan
Kit Harrington is joining fellow ‘Game Of Thrones’ cast member Richard Madden, along with newly announced cast members Barry Keoghan & Gemma Chan in ‘The Eternals’ it was announced at D23 today.
The Eternals are a powerful race of cosmic beings created by cosmic gods, the Celestials, alongside the Eternals genetic cousins the Deviants. Whilst the Eternals tend to be peaceful, the more destructive and deformed Deviants tend toward violence and war. The two factions have been locked in a never-ending war, with humanity often stuck in the middle.
Kit Harrington is, of course, known for knowing nuffin’, as Jon Snow in hit fantasy drama ‘Game Of Thrones’. Although he is joining the film, he won’t be playing an Eternal himself. He stars as Dane Whitman aka Black Knight. In the comics, the character is the nephew of a villain called Black Knight. However, he takes back the mantle, and vows to restore the name of Black Knight to the hero he was supposed to be. He has been a member of the Avengers, Defenders, Ultraforce, Heroes for Hire, and MI: 13.
Gemma Chan you know from ‘Humans’, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and a host of other movies and tv shows. Interestingly, she has already been in the MCU as Minn-Erva in ‘Captain Marvel’, although, was admittedly painted blue and under makeup in that film. She will play the Eternal Sersi, who, in the comics, was something of a party girl. She became a famous entertainer in New York, hosting parties at her loft for film stars, superheroes and other influential people. She often entertained with her powers, which her normal human guests believed to be stage magic. She has also been the lover of Black Knight.
Barry Keoghan you may recognise as Pavel in ‘Chernobyl’, or as George from ‘Dunkirk’. He also starred as Wayne in RTE series ‘Love/Hate’. Keoghan is set to play the Eternal Druig in the movie, and he is a nasty piece of work. He has sought personal power at the expense of others for millennia. His specialised power is in “changing,” i.e. manipulating reality.
These three new additions join the previously announced cast of Richard Madden (‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Bodyguard’) as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani (‘Silicon Valley’, ‘The Big Sick’) as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff (‘The Walking Dead’) as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry (‘Atlanta’, ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’) as Phastos, Salma Hayek (‘Frida’, ‘Ugly Betty’) as Ajak, Lia McHugh (‘American Woman’, ‘The Lodge’) as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, and Angelina Jolie as Thena. The picture at the top of the article gives you a little glimpse of the cast in costume!
The Eternals, directed by Chloé Zhao (‘The Rider’), will premiere in cinemas from Wednesday, 6th November 2020.
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