Out of the kitchen and into the MCU: “The Bear” breakout star Ayo Edebiri has joined Marvel Studios’ anti-hero team-up feature “Thunderbolts” in an undisclosed role.
Jake Schreier (“Paper Towns,” “Robot and Frank”) is directing from a script by Eric Pearson (“Black Widow”). As is the case with every Marvel Studios production, Kevin Feige is producing.
Feige announced “Thunderbolts” at San Diego Comic-Con in 2022, as the climax of Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which starts in February with “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”). It is currently set to premiere on July 26, 2024.
“Thunderbolts” will bring together several anti-heroes across the MCU, including from “Black Widow,” Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Red Guardian (David Harbour) and Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko); from “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and John Walker (Wyatt Russell); and from “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine — who’s appeared in “Falcon and Winter Soldier,” “Black Widow” and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” — will lead the team; Louis-Dreyfus recently told Variety that “Thunderbolts” starts shooting in June. (Harrison Ford is set to play film’s namesake, Thunderbolt Ross, taking over the role from the late William Hurt, but the character is supposedly going to appear in “Captain America: New World Order,” which is scheduled to premiere two months before “Thunderbolts,” in May 2024.)
Edebiri’s career has been scorching since FX’s “The Bear” debuted on Hulu in June 2022. She appears opposite Ben Platt in the feature “Theater Camp,” which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was promptly picked up by Searchlight, and she’ll next appear in the LGBTQ coming-of-age comedy “Bottoms,” set to debut on Amazon Prime Video later this year.
Deadline first reported the news.