Casting, everything you need to know so far
Don’t worry, darling – Florence Poug is not going anywhere. She’s already booked her next Marvel project with the all-star film Love at first sight next to Sebastian Stan and more familiar faces.
The superhero studio has confirmed that the Oscar-nominated actress will direct the 2024 film in September at D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Pugh will reprise her role as Yelena Belova, the younger sister of Scarlett Johanssonof Natasha Romanoff and an assassin from the Russian Black Widow program.
“I’m so disgusted that I’m not here in person to say hello, but I’m incredibly excited to join this cast,” Pugh told the D23 audience in a pre-recorded video. She was busy on the set of Dunes in Europe, but its partners have joined the Disney convention.
The plot of Thunderbolts is largely unknown, but the Marvel Comics team was a suicide squad-like a group of villains who have teamed up. The film has fewer high-profile villains and leans more into characters who vacillate between good and evil.
Pugh will have the company of his mate Black Widow stars Olga Kurylenko as a Taskmaster (an assassin who can mirror anyone’s combat skills), David Harbor as Red Guardian (Russian impersonation of Captain America) and Julia Louis Dreyfus as La Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine (AKA Val, a mysterious woman with lots of money). They aren’t the only familiar faces aboard the film.
Stan will return as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier. The Pam and Tommy The actor is one of the longest serving members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, joining in 2010 Captain America: The First Avenger. After being freed from his brainwashing, Bucky is supposed to be one of the good guys, helping the new Captain America (Anthony Macky) and redeeming himself after decades as a mindless assassin.
In The Falcon and the Winter SoldierBucky butted heads with John Walker/US Agents, played by Wyatt Russellwho should also join the Love at first sight cast. Walker made a deal to work for Val when the 2021 Disney+ series comes to an end, but it was unclear what type of work she would ask him to complete.
Along with Winter Soldier, US Agent, and Red Guardian, the Thunderbolts have three men who have been experimented on trying to replicate the super soldier serum that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America.
Finally, there is Hannah John Kamenwho returns as Ava Starr/Ghost after first entering the MCU in 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp. The character was seen as a villain as he sought a cure for his molecular instability, but turned out to be one of the good guys.
Marvel is keeping details on how this group ends up together, but here’s everything we know so far about the Love at first sight: