Edebiri’s exit follows Steven Yeun also leaving the Marvel project.
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Geraldine Viswanathan has replaced Ayo Edebiri in Thunderbolts due to scheduling conflicts, according to Deadline. The Bottoms actress was announced as a part of the cast early last year, but with the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film suffering production delays following the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes that took place last summer, Edebiri is no longer available to shoot the MCU action film. Before taking over the undisclosed role in the anticipated blockbuster, Viswanathan was seen in Cat Person and 7 Days, making Thunderbolts the biggest project of her career, so far.
Marvel Studios hasn’t shared a ton of information when it comes to the plot of Thunderbolts, but the team will feature the return of Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), the Red Guardian (David Harbour), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko) and the U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell). The past few years of MCU projects have set the stage for what Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is trying to do with her team of powerful vigilantes, and it remains to be seen if her plan will actually help humanity, or if she’ll place her personal interests as a priority.