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Angelina Jolie says she took a ‘leap of faith’ joining Eternals cast

She stars as Thena – leader of the Earth-based Eternals – in the latest Marvel movie.

Yet Angelina Jolie has now revealed she took a ‘leap of faith’ by joining the Cinematic Universe because she wasn’t allowed to read the film’s script before signing up for the film, which premiere in London on Wednesday evening.

Speaking on Thursday’s Lorraine alongside her co-star Lauren Ridloff, Angelina, 46, revealed that actors are never allowed to read the script of a Marvel film before agreeing to be cast in the part – likely due to the top secret nature of the franchise. 

Jumped in! Angelina Jolie has now revealed she took a ‘leap of faith’ by joining the Cinematic Universe because she wasn’t allowed to read the film’s script before signing up

She told host Lorraine Kelly: ‘It was a great deal of fun but I did it because The Eternal family would be diverse and inclusive. When you accept a marvel movie you don’t see the script so you have to take a leap of faith.

‘We look and feel different than a superhero group but my character struggles with mental health. We are the most human. We represent the world we live in, we’re a global family.’

After starring in the film – which follows a race of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years – Angelina also revealed she has been asked to direct a Marvel project.

Thena: Speaking on Thursday's Lorraine alongside her co-star Lauren Ridloff, Angelina, 46, revealed that actors are never allowed to read the script of a Marvel film

Thena: Speaking on Thursday’s Lorraine alongside her co-star Lauren Ridloff, Angelina, 46, revealed that actors are never allowed to read the script of a Marvel film

‘I was asked if I would consider directing a Marvel movie and I said yes but I don’t know if I’d be very good at it. It brings a smile to my face though.’

The mother of six went on to discuss how she doesn’t think the entertainment business should be considered ‘real life’  

She said: ‘I grew up around this business and I don’t think it is real life. It shouldn’t be taken too seriously. A lot of families are having conversations about sustainability so we like to upcycle and recycle what we already have.’

She told host Lorraine Kelly: 'It was a great deal of fun but I did it because The Eternal family would be diverse and inclusive'

She told host Lorraine Kelly: ‘It was a great deal of fun but I did it because The Eternal family would be diverse and inclusive’

Character: She stars as Thena - leader of the Earth-based Eternals - in the latest Marvel movie

Character: She stars as Thena – leader of the Earth-based Eternals – in the latest Marvel movie

Meanwhile, Lauren, 43, spoke about how it was long ‘overdue’ to have a team of superheros who are more relatable as people. 

She said: ‘I was so thrilled to have this opportunity to play Makari. It was so overdue and timely to make superheroes seem more like people and that brings the idea of what a superhero is. With pride I can play Makari.’

Lauren, who is deaf, said that filming didn’t come without its hurdles as she couldn’t hear the directors instructions – however Angelina offered her a solution. 

Chat: Meanwhile, Lauren, 43, spoke about how it was long 'overdue' to have a team of superheros who are more relatable as people

Chat: Meanwhile, Lauren, 43, spoke about how it was long ‘overdue’ to have a team of superheros who are more relatable as people

She said: ‘I knew that there would be a lot of problem solving and opportunities on set and sometimes I didn’t know when to turn because I couldn’t hear the director shout, ‘Action.’ 

‘Angelina said to use a laser pen and now I incorporate this into my other work.’

Lauren, who has two sons who are also deaf, went on to say that she is glad they will now have a relatable superhero growing up. 

She said: ‘My boys were a tough audience so they weren’t impressed at first until I brought home lego figures. 

Inspiration: Lauren, who has two sons who are also deaf, went on to say that she is glad they will now have a relatable superhero growing up

Inspiration: Lauren, who has two sons who are also deaf, went on to say that she is glad they will now have a relatable superhero growing up

‘Theyre both deaf so im so glad they’re going to have a deaf superhero growing up.’

Eternals is a 2021 Marvel film based on the fictional race of humanoids of the same name which appears in the American comic books.

The film sees the Eternals, an immortal alien race, come out of hiding for thousands of years to protect Earth from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.

The movie, which premiered in Los Angeles earlier this month, also stars Gemma Chan as the character Sersi. 

The cast includes MCU’s first openly gay superhero (Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos) who shares the franchise’s first onscreen same-sex kiss with Haaz Sleiman, who plays his husband.

Eternals: What the critics said 

 ‘But they are also, to paraphrase Pirandello, ten characters in search of a script. Because the one they have now, co-written by Chloé Zhao, the director (Nomadland), is derivative, messy and miserably undernourished.

‘Eternals is two steps forwards for representation but three steps backwards for dramatic ingenuity’ – The Times critic Kevin Maher

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‘Yet as I approached Eternals, the question I was most curious about was whether Zhao, who in Nomadland and The Rider defined her filmmaking style in a unique poetic way, would carry any remnants of that mode over to the blockbuster universe… Eternals has none of that. It’s clear that that’s something of a disappointment’ – Variety critic Owen Gleiberman  

‘At times if feels like you are watching a very sophisticated PowerPoint presentation. 

‘That’s the problem: there’s just too much going on: it’s all headed towards yet another ‘race against time to stop the really bad thing happening’ climax’ The Guardian critic Steve Rose

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‘Perhaps the hope was that Marvel’s 26th film might rattle the franchise out of its comfort zone. But the franchise is nothing but comfort zone, which renders its latest entry an instant white elephant’ – The Telegraph critic Robbie Collin

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 ‘More frequently, though, it seems to fall into familiar traps about saving the world and learning to work together as a team; when a giant, CGI-heavy battle begins to thwart another potential apocalypse, you start to feel a formula being leaned on’ – Empire critic John Nugent

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‘But considering that this sci-fi saga is directed by Zhao, and that its story spans the creation of the Universe and the fate of the planet, it would have been reasonable to expect it to prompt slack-jawed wonder rather than the grudging appreciation of an efficient, workmanlike job. 

‘Eternals may not be the worst of Marvel’s movies, but it’s undoubtedly the most disappointing’ – BBC Culture critic Nicholas Barber

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‘The whole cast are fabulous, with one exception. Chan’s a bit wooden. As far as the script’s concerned, she’s the chosen one. But I wish Zhao hadn’t chosen her. 

‘Anyway, the fights, especially in the film’s last third, are astounding, beautifully paced and crammed with detail’ – Evening Standard critic Charlotte O’Sullivan

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