Lewis Pullman is the top choice to replace Steven Yeun in Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts, sources confirmed to Deadline. If a deal closes, he would star opposite Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Sebastian Stan and Wyatt Russell, previously announced as the main ensemble of the pic during D23 in 2022.
Marvel Studios had no comment.
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Deadline broke that Yeun had been a part of the Thunderbolts cast but had to back out after production was pushed because of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, creating a scheduling issue for the recent Beef Emmy winner.
Jake Schreier is set as director of the new Marvel tentpole. Black Widow scribe Eric Pearson is penning the script, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige producing. Not much is known about the plot of the film, but the comics revolve around a group of villains who are sent on missions commissioned by the government.
The film is set to bow in July 2025.
As for Pullman, he was most recently seen on Apple’s Lessons in Chemistry. He also played Lt. Robert “Bob” Floyd in Top Gun: Maverick, the $1.5 billion box office juggernaut. Other notable credits include Bad Times at the El Royale and the TV series Outer Range.
The news was first reported by Daniel Richtman. Pullman is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.
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