Geraldine Viswanathan is Replacing Ayo Edebiri in Marvel’s “Thunderbolts”

Geraldine Viswanathan arrives at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles 2021
Geraldine Viswanathan arrives at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles 2021. Photo by Image Press Agency/NurPhoto/Shutterstock (12521967ia)

Marvel’s Thunderbolts went through several cast changes since it was first announced, and another one is on the way. Geraldine Viswanathan joined this highly-anticipated superhero flick, replacing Ayo Edebiri, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

Edebiri, who recently won a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for her role in The Bear, was cast in Thunderbolts in a mystery role last January. The project was repeatedly pushed due to dual strikes in Hollywood, and Edebiri decided to exit it due to scheduling conflicts.

She’ll be replaced by Geraldine Viswanathan, the star of the comedy film Blockers and anthology series Miracle Workers, who’ll soon star in Ethan Coen’s Drive-Away Dolls.

Viswanathan commented on the news by reposting Deadline’s initial casting report, followed by a caption “thank you to my friend Ayo Edebiri for being too booked.”

Edebiri isn’t the first A-list star to leave Thunderbolts due to scheduling conflicts. She’s following in the footsteps of the Oscar nominee Steven Yeun, who was promptly replaced by Lessons in Chemistry’s Lewis Pullman.

Despite Yeun and Edebiri’s departure, Thunderbolts remains as star-studded as it gets, and it will star Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, David Harbour as Red Guardian, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, and Wyatt Russell as Agent John Walker.