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Kit Harington’s Marvel Cinematic Universe role is out: The “Game of Thrones” star will play Dane Whitman, better known as the Black Knight in “The Eternals.”
The news was announced Saturday at Disney’s biennial D23 Expo.
Whitman’s superhero origin story in the comics is fairly unique, as he inherited the Black Knight mantle from his uncle, who was actually a supervillain who was a member of the Masters of Evil. Whitman’s Black Knight took the initiative to join the Masters of Evil of himself to try to them down from within, a move that eventually endeared him to the Avengers.
“The Rider” director Chloe Zhao will direct the film. Matthew and Ryan Firpo (“Ruin”) are writing the script. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is producing. TheWrap also first reported South Korean actor Ma Dong-seok, also known as Don Lee, will make his American film debut in the film.
Created by comic legend Jack Kirby in 1976, the Eternals are an ancient evolutionary offshoot of humanity whose long lives and colorful adventures inspired legends and myths over millennia.