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Geraldine Viswanathan boards Marvel's 'Thunderbolts' after Ayo Edebiri's exit

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Geraldine Viswanathan and Ayo Edebiri in Marvel Thunderbolts

Geraldine Viswanathan and Ayo Edebiri (File photo)

Los Angeles:  Actor Geraldine Viswanathan has joined the cast of Marvel Studios' upcoming movie "Thunderbolts" after the departure of "The Bear" star Ayo Edebiri.

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Viswanathan, an Indian-origin Australian actor, has replaced Edebiri, who left the project due to scheduling issues, reported entertainment news outlet Deadline.

The film, which was officially announced at Disney's D23 Expo in 2022, is based around a team of Marvel supervillains, which includes Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, David Harbour as the Red Guardian, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, Wyatt Russell as John Walker, Olga Kurylenko as Taskmaster, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.

In the Marvel Comics, the Thunderbolts is a team of villains, anti-heroes and reformed baddies.

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The details of Viswanathan's character have been kept under wraps. She is best known for starring in the comedy "Blockers", "Bad Education", alongside Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, and the romantic comedy "The Broken Hearts Gallery".

Jake Schreier of "Paper Towns" fame will direct "Thunderbolts", which is scheduled to be released in July 2025.

Edebiri is the second actor to depart “Thunderbolts” in recent months after Steven Yeun left the project earlier this month. He has been replaced by "Top Gun: Maverick" star Lewis Pullman.

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