THUNDERBOLTS* Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says Filming Wrapped "Last Week" And Reflects On Being Cast As Val

THUNDERBOLTS* Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says Filming Wrapped "Last Week" And Reflects On Being Cast As Val

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has confirmed that work on Thunderbolts* wrapped last week, and reflects on how exactly she came to join the MCU as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine...

By JoshWilding - Jun 20, 2024 06:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Thunderbolts

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, has confirmed that Thunderbolts* "just wrapped last week."

While reshoots are undoubtedly on the horizon, this is welcome news considering it wasn't too long ago when members of the cast openly admitted they had no idea when production would begin. Of course, last year's strikes played a role in that, and Marvel Studios now has just shy of a year to get Thunderbolts* where they want it. 

Similar to other recent interviews, Louis-Dreyfus refused to give any plot details away or reveal what the deal is with that asterisk. 

The actress did say she, "Loved [the production]," adding: "I got to work with really cool people, who we already know are in the film. Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Lewis Pullman, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russell. It was pretty dreamy."

Elsewhere in her conversation with Josh Horowitz, Louis-Dreyfus looked back at being enlisted for this MCU role. "I had a meeting with Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito, who run Marvel," she recalled. "They were big Seinfeld and Veep fans. I think they just wanted to talk about those shows."

"I went in and we were hanging around, talking about that episode and this episode. It just came up; they said, ‘Would you ever want to do something?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, it’d be so much fun, and my boys would freak out.’ That’s how it began."

"I like who she is, as a character, which is mysterious. Is she good, is she bad? It’s a little bit unclear," Louis-Dreyfus continued. "I like the idea of her maybe being a little bit of a puppet master. I liked that they were kind of just dropping her into different projects a little bit here, a little bit there."

We're hearing rumblings that the plan is for Val to take on a similar role to Amanda Waller in the Suicide Squad movies, suggesting Thunderbolts* really is Marvel Studios' take on Task Force X...

Confirmed cast members for Thunderbolts* include Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Florence Pugh as Yelena Boleva, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, David Harbour as Red Guardian, Wyatt Russell as U.S. Agent, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, and Olga Kurylenko as Taskmaster.

Recently, Geraldine Viswanathan replaced Ayo Edebiri in an undisclosed role, while Lewis Pullman has taken over as The Sentry following Steve Yeun's shock departure from the movie. Both he and Edebiri are said to have left due to scheduling issues.

Written by Eric Pearson, Lee Sung Jin, and Joanna Calo, and directed by Jake Schreier, Thunderbolts* is currently set to be released in theaters on May 5, 2025.

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TK420
TK420 - 6/20/2024, 6:48 AM
Another show about nothing...
tylerzero
tylerzero - 6/20/2024, 6:54 AM
@TK420 -

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grendelthing
grendelthing - 6/20/2024, 7:00 AM
@TK420 - Oh, look. Another post about nothing ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
WarMonkey
WarMonkey - 6/20/2024, 6:51 AM
Having 60 plus year old Elaine from Seinfeld in a comic book movie and taking the place of Nick Fury is a childhood dream of mine coming true!
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 6/20/2024, 7:38 AM
@WarMonkey - I know this is sarcasm but

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dragon316
dragon316 - 6/20/2024, 8:41 AM
@WarMonkey - never like Seinfeld she still looks good
Vigor
Vigor - 6/20/2024, 9:14 AM
@FireandBlood - lol I wasn't sure if he was sarcastic tbh.
WarMonkey
WarMonkey - 6/20/2024, 9:22 AM
@dragon316 - Seinfeld is my favorite comedy show actually.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 6/20/2024, 9:39 AM
@Vigor - Mentioning her age was the giveaway
cubrn
cubrn - 6/20/2024, 10:40 AM
@WarMonkey - As opposed to 75 year old Sam Jackson?
WarMonkey
WarMonkey - 6/20/2024, 12:06 PM
@cubrn - After the cat scratch and his recent work in The Marvels I'm kinda glad he's being replaced. You are comparing Shaft and a bona fide action hero actor to Elaine and I don't think that's a good comparison.
cubrn
cubrn - 6/20/2024, 4:20 PM
@WarMonkey - I'm comparing an actor to an actor. Actor's abilities are not defined by any one role they take on.
JohnShaft
JohnShaft - 6/20/2024, 6:54 AM
LMFAO. If....Not saying it WILL but...IF this movie is actually GOOD .. then a LOT of people are gonna be PISSED OF who predicted this would be WOKE garbage. It still might, but if it's good then WTF
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/20/2024, 6:58 AM
@JohnShaft - Oh you didn't know? If it's both woke and successful then it doesn't count.

Captain Marvel didn't count, Barbie doesn't count, Black Panther, Wonder Woman etc. None of them actually count.

You wanna know why? I'm sure someone will tell you why.
Batmangina
Batmangina - 6/20/2024, 7:28 AM
@ObserverIO - I'm not sure what was woke about your list.

Captain Marvel just sucked. It has zero rewatchability and Brie is poison.
Barbie is a chick flick about the toy made in the image of 'the perfect white woman'
Black Panther was awesome.
Wonder Woman was the best of the Snyderverse.

I didn't see Barbie but the others didn't have a bunch of representation or reworking of canon stuffed in for the sake of checking DEI boxes.

I don't think we have the same definition of 'woke'
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/20/2024, 7:54 AM
@Batmangina - Think you just proved his point, lol

That said everyone who doesn't go by the original dictionary meaning seems to have a differing definition of the term woke which originaly over a hundred years ago ONLY meant being aware of social injustice related to black rights then later evolved to include female rights then any/all social injustice...

...but most the time the way most use it is nothing to do with the actual original meaning of the word in that way at all and again, doesn't seem to be a full consensus on the new warped use of it at all.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/20/2024, 8:02 AM
@Batmangina - No we do not.

Diverse leads checks DEI boxes. Lots of black people and women in those movies checking lots and lots of boxes. Political commentary about gender relations and race relations. Wokey woke Woke McWoke.

And successful.

But I guess they don't count as woke? Check out Barbie sometime. There's a speech in there that would make your balls fall off. It's as woke as it gets.

"Captain Marvel just sucked. It has zero rewatchability and Brie is poison."

Oh so that's why it made a billion dollars despite gender-replacing Mar-Vell and having a scene in it where Carol is told to smile by a biker as a direct response to fanboys saying she should 'smile more' in the trailer.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/20/2024, 8:07 AM
@ObserverIO - Plus Black Panther, under the hood of it all with the villain, was ALL about the history of slavery and social justice issues around black Americans thus 100% revolving around the original meaning of the word Woke (whilst at the same time having Wakanda didn't come across well either in the direct opposite way with being an isolationist ethnostate) but...
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/20/2024, 6:55 AM
She's still pretty awesome.

I think the full title is:

Thunderbolts*

(*Marvel's Suicide Squad)



Would've much preferred a real Thunderbolts film. Such a neat concept that original series. You could have easily selected some big MCU villains led by Zemo and just done that. Same hero identities but with MCU villains behind the masks (of course Zemo could've still been Citizen V).
They're almost there, some of these guys are villains, but they're not villains villains, they're anti-heroes. I'm thinking more like Vulture etc.
You could even bring some favorites back using the multiverse, since we're in the Multiverse Saga. We could've had Killmonger, Ultron, Loki, etc.
The1st
The1st - 6/20/2024, 7:02 AM
@ObserverIO - It's just this thing where studios wanna make an antihero out of everyone. I love Vader, but miss not knowing about his reservations with sand.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/20/2024, 8:00 AM
@ObserverIO - The cast list would give the game away too fast to do the original iteration but been a dozen different Thunderbolts teams/runs plus the Thunderbolts army (and all the ones included have been in at least one of those in the comics)

I STILL expect Zemo could turn up with his Masters of Evil however too, but we'll see.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/20/2024, 8:31 AM
@Apophis71 - They could've kept most of it quiet. I mean we still don't know about the cameos in Deadpool and Wolverine and people still didn't know for sure if Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were in NWH until the last moment.

They would have to announce some leads, of course. Zemo and maybe some secondary characters played by big names (like Julia Louis-Dreyfus or Harrison Ford)
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/20/2024, 8:42 AM
@ObserverIO - Yeh, now primary filming is done we'll likely start getting more accurate rumours and actual leaks, easier to keep almost everything under wraps till the footage gets into the hands of the CGI peeps unless there is a lot of outdoor filming in population centres. Anything only done indoors and/or the void or remote location closed sets doesn't always make it into the hands of scoopers these days unlike during COVID when the use of zoom for meetings led to a lot coming from shoulder surfers.

We'll know a lot more confirmed cast and stuff probably from a comic con presentation on upcoming projects I suspect.
NitPicker
NitPicker - 6/20/2024, 9:06 AM
@Apophis71 - I don't know that they would even necessarily need to keep the identities secret. In the original comics, the character's true identities were revealed in the first issue of The Thunderbolts. There was a lot of speculation on who the Thunderbolts were between The Incredible Hulk #449 and The Thunderbolts #1, but all of the interesting stuff happened after the identity reveals.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/20/2024, 9:23 AM
@Apophis71 - Oh I can't wait. I'm drooling at the thought.
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