The Bear's Ayo Edebiri exits MCU's Thunderbolts movie

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The Bear's Ayo Edebiri exits MCU's ThunderboltsMichael Rowe/Getty Images for IMDb

The Bear star Ayo Edebiri has exited the MCU's Thunderbolts movie, with Geraldine Viswanathan replacing her.

Edebiri, who recently won an Emmy and Golden Globe for her role in The Bear, has dropped out of the movie due to scheduling issues after production on the film was delayed last year due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

It was unclear exactly who Edebiri was set to be playing, but Viswanathan will now be taking over the role, whichever character that may be. Viswanathan is best known for her role in Bad Education as well as her voice-over part in Bojack Horseman.

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Edebiri is the second cast member to drop out due to scheduling-related issues after The Walking Dead alum Steven Yeun dropped out of the project. Lewis Pullman replaced him as Robert Reynolds AKA Sentry.

Yeun recently spoke about exiting the film, explaining : "I think for me, time passing and things shifting kind of pulled me out of it. But Jake [Schreier, director], I know, is going to do an incredible job."

He added: "It took a lot of drafts on email to make sure that I conveyed the sincerity of how sorry I was to have to back out." However, he also confirmed: "I wanna do a Marvel movie."

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Wyatt Russell, who will reprise his role as US Agent AKA John Walker, recently revealed some exciting news about the film, confirming that filming will kick off this spring.

"I'm so lucky to get to work with the kind of talent that I'm going to work with when Thunderbolts starts up in March or April," Russell said.

"It just feels like we're going for something that has depth and something interesting to theorise about beyond just flying around and doing superhero stuff."

Thunderbolts will be released in cinemas on July 25, 2025.

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