Former “Seinfeld” and “Veep” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus has confirmed that she will begin filming on Marvel Studios’ “Thunderbolts” film in June ahead of a release in July 2024.
The actress will reprise her role of the mysterious Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, who was first introduced as a sort of darker Nick Fury-style character in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “Black Widow”.
A more recent and substantial appearance in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” revealed she has become director of the CIA and is the ex-wife of Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman).
On the surface, Val is a powerful woman whose motives are unclear beyond assembling the team at the heart of “Thunderbolts” – ‘a rag-tag bunch’ of unincorporated superheroes which sound like Marvel’s version of DC’s Suicide Squad.
Speaking with Variety, Louis-Dreyfus says she is no longer content with cameos and wants to get into some action: “I actually pitched it. I told them I really, really want to fight. We’ll see if that happens. I haven’t seen the script yet.”
She adds there has been much secrecy around her role and when she first started shooting it: “I had to go set wearing a black cloak with a hood and keep my head down so nobody could see it was me walking onto the soundstage.”
She confirmed director Ryan Coogler’s recent revelation that her role in “Wakanda Forever” was originally much bigger but was significantly scaled back in the wake of Chadwick Boseman’s death. She also spoke about her character’s appearance which included a single-colored hairstreak:
“In the original comic, she has sort of a white streak in her hair, but I thought purple would make it a little more of this world today. And I didn’t want to her to look too much like Cruella, or anything like that.”
The “Thunderbolts” cast includes David Harbour as Red Guardian, Wyatt Russell as John Walker/US Agent, Hannah John-Kamen as The Ghost, Florence Pugh as Yelena, Olga Kurylenko as Taskmaster, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, and Harrison Ford replacing the late William Hurt as General Thaddeus E. ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross.
“Thunderbolts” is currently slated to open on July 26th 2024.