Tony Nominee Lauren Ridloff Cast as Marvel Cinematic Universe’s First Deaf Superhero

Film & TV News   Tony Nominee Lauren Ridloff Cast as Marvel Cinematic Universe’s First Deaf Superhero
 
The actor will star in The Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, and fellow Tony nominee Brian Tyree Henry.
Lauren Ridloff
Lauren Ridloff Marc J. Franklin

Lauren Ridloff, who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2018 for her breakout performance of Children of a Lesser God, will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor will play Makkari, a member of the immortal title species in the upcoming The Eternals.

The cast, revealed at San Diego Comic-Con, will also feature fellow Tony nominee Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Icarus, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, and Don Lee as Gilgamesh.

Brian Tyree Henry
Brian Tyree Henry Joseph Marzullo/WENN

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Makkari will mark the first deaf character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ridloff, who is deaf herself, made her professional stage debut as Sarah Norman in the Kenny Leon-helmed revival of Children of a Lesser God and went on to appear in AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Henry was also Tony-nominated in 2018, for his performance in Lobby Hero. Though new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he did voice the role of Jefferson Davis in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

The movie, the second in Marvel's Phase Four, is expected to land in movie theatres November 6, 2020.

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