Richard Madden in Talks to Star in Marvel’s ‘Eternals’

By Justin Kroll

“Game of Thrones” and “Bodyguard” star Richard Madden is in talks to join Marvel’s “The Eternals.”

Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani are also on board. Marvel declined to comment on the casting.

Madden will play Ikaris, a member of the human offshoot race known as the Eternals.

Created by Jack Kirby in 1976, the comic book is set millions of years in the past, when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans to create super-powered individuals known as the Eternals, along with the villainous Deviants. The two groups battled each other throughout history. The Eternals also warred with Greek, Roman and Norse deities before leaving Earth to explore the stars.

Chloe Zhao, whose credits include “The Rider” and “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” is directing “The Eternals” from a script by Matthew and Ryan Firpo. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is producing the pic.

Best known for his role as Robb Stark on “Game of Thrones,” Madden’s star began to rise again last year when his Netflix series “Bodyguard” became a huge hit, earning him a Golden Globe. On the film side, he is set to play Elton John’s manager in the highly anticipated biopic “Rocketman,” which is set to premiere later this month at the Cannes Film Festival.

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He is repped by WME and Troika.