THUNDERBOLTS: Lewis Pullman Rumored To Have The Current Offer To Play Sentry

THUNDERBOLTS: Lewis Pullman Rumored To Have The Current Offer To Play Sentry THUNDERBOLTS: Lewis Pullman Rumored To Have The Current Offer To Play Sentry

Steven Yeun recently dropped out of Marvel Studios' Thunderbolts, and a new rumor doing the rounds online is claiming that Top Gun: Maverick actor Lewis Pullman has an offer to replace him...

By MarkCassidy - Jan 25, 2024 05:01 PM EST
Filed Under: Thunderbolts

Shortly after we heard that Steven Yeun had dropped out of Marvel Studios' upcoming Thunderbolts movie after a strikes-related delay resulted in a scheduling conflict, Austin Abrams was said to have been offered the part of Sentry.

Whether the Euphoria alum passed or was never in contention is unclear, but another actor is now said to be in line to play the ultra-powerful hero/villain (depending on how he's depicted in the movie).

According to both Daniel Richtman and rDCUleaks, Lewis Pullman has the "current offer" to suit-up as the Sentry.

UPDATE: THR has confirmed that Pullman has the offer.

Pullman most recently appeared in Top Gun: Maverick, and has previously had supporting roles in Bad Times at the El Royale, The Strangers: Prey at Night, and Lessons in Chemistry. He will also play the lead in the long-delayed re-adaptation of Stephen King's Salem's Lot.

It's worth noting that the character Yeun was going to play still hasn't officially been confirmed as the Sentry, but The Walking Dead and Invincible creator Robert Kirkman did say the following during a 2023 interview.

“Yeah, he called me, he went in for a costume fitting. I hope I’m not… I don’t think this is a spoiler or anything that will get anybody in trouble. I don’t know, maybe. We’ll see. I don’t care. I don’t work for Marvel. What are they going to do to me? He called me and he said, 'I just came back from a costume fitting for the Sentry. I guess I only do superheroes that are yellow and blue.' He said he was at the costume fitting and was like, 'Aww, crap. I forgot Invincible was yellow and blue.'"

We have heard that filming is currently scheduled to begin in March, and casting is also underway for "a high-tech militia group that the Thunderbolts are going to fight in the film."

Though other characters might well be added, the Thunderbolts roster consists of Red Guardian (David Harbour), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), John Walker/U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell), and Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko).

Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julie Louis Dreyfus) will put the team together, and may also be partially responsible for Sentry's creation.

Harrison Ford will replace the late William Hurt as Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, who may wind up transforming into the Red Hulk. Ayo Edebiri (The Bear, Bottoms) has reportedly been cast as a character named Erin, who is Allegra de Fontaine's assistant. Erin is said to be "exceptional at her job, even surprising Val with how good she is at getting things done."

Jake Schreier (Robot and Frank, Dave) is set to direct, with Black Widow scribe Eric Pearson penning the script.

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Repian - 1/25/2024, 5:16 PM
horrible choice.
TheVisionary25 - 1/25/2024, 5:31 PM
@Repian - depends on the take they are going for as I described below

Them going for not classically handsome actors so to speak or buff guys make me think they might have a more psychological take on the character.
Tasmaniac - 1/25/2024, 7:04 PM
@Repian - Not Asian enough?
tmp3 - 1/25/2024, 5:16 PM
This is like getting Paul Dano to play Superman
KennKathleen - 1/25/2024, 5:22 PM
@tmp3 -

MCUKnight11 - 1/25/2024, 5:42 PM
@tmp3 - Maybe that's the point. Before the transformation into Sentry, Bob Reynolds is supposed an unthreatening kind of guy. It's supposed to be ironic where the last guy you would think of could achieve godhood is the one that actually does.
santoanderson - 1/25/2024, 5:20 PM
So this version of Sentry is a scrawny little crackhead, right?
mastakilla39 - 1/25/2024, 5:29 PM
@santoanderson - isnt that kinda who sentry is? a scrawny heroin addict who unknowingly has a split personality thats sentry. he got the powers of superman by accidentally shooting himself up with a power serum instead of heroin.
Repian - 1/25/2024, 5:32 PM
@santoanderson - Perhaps Allegra needs human test subjects with tolerance to narcotics and highly harmful substances so that they can handle tolerating the Sentry serum and the aggressive side effects of it.
Itwasme - 1/25/2024, 6:22 PM
@mastakilla39 - doubt Disney goes that route, though it does remind me of when they produced Pulp Fiction. Their only note on the script was "try to take it easy on the heroin scene".
mastakilla39 - 1/26/2024, 8:46 AM
@Itwasme - xmen days of future past did something similar with xavier shooting himself up with that serum that nullifies his powers and allows him to walk temporarily. he told logan he wanted to stop hearing all the voices in his head and to cope with his students like havoc being drafted by the military. it was singers way of acknowledging the 70s heroin problem. mcu can do the same thing if they have the balls to do it.
Mrnorth1921 - 1/25/2024, 5:21 PM
He’s the right height. 6 foot. But if he isn’t buff now. He has 6 weeks with get ripped. Which is impossible at this point. He’s an okay actor. Honestly, marvel should just pay the extra money and get someone like Gosling or someone else. Because at least they are in better physical shape than Lewis. And much better actors.
KennKathleen - 1/25/2024, 5:24 PM
@Mrnorth1921 - they seemingly don't expect much from this guy. Yet it seems to be too much. My guess: he will check some boxes...
Mrnorth1921 - 1/25/2024, 5:28 PM
@KennKathleen - he played Bob haha. That’s the only box he checks. That and his height. lol. But I heard he was good in that Brie Larson show. So he might be good here. But gosling may get an Oscar and attract audience that this movie will desperately will need.
MCUKnight11 - 1/25/2024, 5:44 PM
@Mrnorth1921 - Gosling is not getting that Oscar while RDJ as Strauss is right there. He will be in the MCU but it will be either as Nova or Ghost rider.
Mrnorth1921 - 1/25/2024, 6:07 PM
@MCUKnight11 - I hope not.
Taonrey - 1/25/2024, 6:16 PM
@Mrnorth1921 - no chance gosling plays Sentry
Mrnorth1921 - 1/25/2024, 6:18 PM
@Taonrey - I know.
ModHaterSLADE - 1/25/2024, 5:22 PM
I mean it would fit if it's for Bob Reynolds at least, don't see him as Sentry tho, but it could be some mocap work.
Fares - 1/25/2024, 5:22 PM
I'm fascinated by their interest in rather "not-superman-looking" actors.
Spidey91 - 1/25/2024, 5:25 PM
@Fares - maybe they wanna actively avoid the "evil Superman" comparisons, specially when it's nothing new at this point, and it's also with Gunn's Superman on the horizon.
Slotherin - 1/25/2024, 5:36 PM
@Spidey91 - makes sense
mastakilla39 - 1/25/2024, 5:50 PM
@Fares - Feige said before he doesn't want to compete with DC or do similar things on film. Thunderbolts and Superman Legacy come out next year and they don't want any bad buzz or gossip in comparing similar characters. Its best to just go a completely different direction and make the MCU Sentry unique by changing his powers, appearance, and character.

They should do something similar to Deadpool's negasonic teenage warhead and change everything about the character but the name.
ObserverIO - 1/26/2024, 5:03 AM
@Spidey91 - They wanted to avoid Batman comparisons with Moon Knight too and instantly made him a less interesting character.
Apophis71 - 1/26/2024, 5:37 AM
@ObserverIO - For me the Batman like aspects of Moon Knight are the least interesting parts of the character so...

...I mean if it didn't work for you fair, but being less like Batman wouldn't be the reason why ultimately I feel.
ObserverIO - 1/26/2024, 6:20 AM
@Apophis71 - The DID and Egyptian mythology are what separates Moon Knight from Batman and makes him an interesting version of that character, true. But without him being a dark urban vigilante with a playboy mansion alter and allies that help him out the character just doesn't feel like Moon Knight.

I don't think Daredevil would work as well if they took the Batman aspects away. If the new series was about Daredevil doing Indiana Jones things, well then it's not Daredevil.

I mean it might be a good change of pace, but if that's the main version, that's not as interesting as the character from the comics, imo.
Apophis71 - 1/26/2024, 6:37 AM
@ObserverIO - I do get that but feel they can easily bring in the other aspects of Moon Knight when he next appears. The decision to start with an alt not the main identity leaves doors open so, get why the show was a let down for some but as a starting point delving more into the DID and mythology stuff worked for me with my only gripe being they should not have cut away from the action in the finale, ways they could still have done the third ID taking over and shown it all such as more brutal aspects watching Scarlet Scarabs reaction with reflections of it in her blade wings (or maybe also have an uncut TVMA version/extra at least dropped at a later date).
ObserverIO - 1/26/2024, 6:51 AM
@Apophis71 - I think I'd prefer a full reboot. It's not just the lack of Batman elements that make it a poor adaptation. I don't think there was a single alt that was a faithful interpretation of that character from the comics, maybe Marc Spector, but not even him really. Most of his supporting cast was either absent or merged with other characters as composite characters. So much was missing in terms of adaptation and a good deal of it can't really be undone in a second season.

Unless they introduce like a version of Steven Grant who is not called Steven Grant, for example. Like give the Steven Grant alt a different name because they already used the name Steven Grant.

And just introduce Marlene and Frenchy, etc. Maybe it's salvageable.
Apophis71 - 1/26/2024, 7:51 AM
@ObserverIO - Adding in Marlene and Frenchy would be fairly easy to do considering we followed the altered version of Steven and the sidekick was an entirely original character, even if intent/perception was an altered Marlene. I can cope without the billionaire businessman bit but ways they can work that in or evolve towards it at a later stage. I mean in terms of origin that came along later after the whole Marine, CIA and mercenary stuff so ways they can go that can end up closer to the source material if they want. As in that he does have money from his mercenary work and/or acquires wealth as a result of a story and once he has more stability with his DID invests it to start that path. It isn't like Steven will remain selling souvenirs at a museum and could evolve to be an investor in antiquities for instance or as you say add in another personality as has had WAY more than three over the course of all iterations in the comics. Heck they could go with having a seperate frontman for his buisness empire using Marlene or Frenchy as the CEO after suitable narrative introductions so...

...for me at least don't think they broke anything important they cannot evolve towards later with well written stories. I never expect adaptions to be THAT close to the source material so as long as the end result ends up good not too worried if they change Frenchie from his path to running a restaurant to instead running Marc's company or having Layla be the archaeologist and an altered role for Marlene.
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