Steven Yeun Shares His Thoughts on Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Steven Yeun

While Steven Yeun says that joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) wasn’t necessarily one on his “bucket list”, the former Walking Dead actor has very much wanted to work with director Jake Schreier again.

Yeun, 39, recently joined the cast of the upcoming Marvel flick Thunderbolts, which is being directed by Schreier. The duo previously worked together on the TV series, Beef.

“I don’t know if it was explicitly on my bucket list. It was more the story, getting to work with Jake Schreier again, who directed ‘Beef’, and what his intentions were,” Yeun said in an interview with Empire Magazine.

It’s rumored that Yeun will have a significant role in the upcoming film, and Yeun confirms that the studios were clear about what they wanted from his character.

“The intentions of this particular character that they wanted me to play were very clear. And that’s what drew me to the film.” Yeun confessed.

Yeun will star alongside an impressive ensemble cast for Thunderbolts. The film’s cast includes Florence Pugh, Sebastian Stan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Harbour, Hannah John-Kamen and Olga Kurylenko.

Little is known about the film’s storyline. Though, we do know that the comics follow a group of villains, who are sent on missions commissioned by the government. Currently, the film is scheduled for release in July 2024.

Steven Yeun’s Upcoming Projects

In the meantime, Yeun’s career is continuing to thrive. He’s set to star in Bong Joon-Ho’s upcoming film Mickey 17, which also stars Robert Pattinson, Toni Collette, and Mark Ruffalo. The project, which is in post-production, was an educational experience for Yeun, who admits that he learned so much from working with Joon-Ho.

“I really learn so much from him. There’s this camaraderie that he allows me to participate in with him that I really appreciate. At the end of filming (‘Mickey 17’), I remember turning to him as we shot my last scene. And I was like, ‘I learned a lot… and thank you.'”

Additionally, Yeun is also in post-production on the sci-fi drama Love Me, where he stars with Kristen Stewart. The movie is described as a love story between satellite and a buoy.


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