When Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts hits the screen on July 25, viewers will notice that Steven Yuen is missing from the cast of the antihero series, even though he had never been officially included in the roster.
As sources told The Hollywood Reporter, Yuen will instead be hurling his thunderbolts from other clouds. The veteran performer, acclaimed for his pyrotechnics in Invincible, The Walking Dead, and Beef, has snared roles in Bong Joon Ho’s upcoming Mickey 17 and in the Sundance feature Love Me, which also stars Kristen Stewart.
Thunderbolts, whose schedule had been delayed by the recent writers’ and actors’ strikes, will include Florence Pugh, Sebastian Stan, David Harbour, Olga Kurylenko, Hannah John-Kamen, Wyatt Russell, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the cast. Newcomers to the roster include Ayo Edebiri and Harrison Ford, who will be playing the role of Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. The film will be directed by Jake Schreier, based on a screenplay by Kurt Busiek, Lee Sung Jim, and Eric Pearson.
The 40-year-old Steven Yuen was born in Seoul and grew up in Saskatchewan and Michigan. He initially rose to prominence by playing Glenn Rhee in the TV series The Walking Dead, which premiered in 2010 and ran for six years.
Thunderbolts the film is based on a Marvel comic book—not to be confused with one called Thunderbolt—that was created by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley. The team of superheroes made its debut in The Incredible Hulk in January 1997, replacing the Avengers, who had recently been declared dead. It was revealed on the final page of that comic that the Thunderbolts were actually the Masters of Evil in disguise. In July 2023, a new Thunderbolts series was launched, putting the Winter Soldier and Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in charge.
Shooting has yet to commence on the film, which had originally been scheduled for release this coming July. All releases in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are streamable on Disney+.
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