Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova is seemingly set to take a leading role in a future MCU property. According to a new report, the star is set to take the leading role In Thunderbolts.
During an episode of Matthew Belloni’s The Town podcast, Deadline’s Justin Kroll revealed the new information. Kroll described Thunderbolts as Marvel’s take on the Suicide Squad, which many fans had already predicted. But he also revealed that Pugh’s Yelena will lead the team comprised of Wyatt Russell’s John Walker and Daniel Brühl’s Zemo, among others.
The film will assemble some of Marvel’s anti-heroes who walk the line between good and evil. Thunderbolts will serve as a spin-off for Yelena, who last appeared in Hawkeye on Disney+ opposite Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld. Kroll elaborated on Pugh’s role during the podcast:
“[Florence Pugh] has got the Marvel superhero that’s already got a spin-off. Upcoming for her, actually, on that character is this Thunderbolts film, which is basically Marvel’s Suicide Squad. Hopefully, it has better results. But the concept is it’d be her leading the team of like Wyatt Russell’s [John Walker], Daniel Bruhl’s [Zemo], those anti-heroes that aren’t exactly good but aren’t exactly bad. So there’s that. And people seem to like the Yelena character.”
Jake Schreier is currently attached to direct the project. Previously, he worked on various music videos, including Kanye West’s “Follow God” and “Closed on Sunday” for Jesus Is King, and “I Know Alone” by Haim. Eric Pearson, who worked on Black Widow, is writing the screenplay for the film.
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