Oscar-nominated actor Steven Yeun is a hot commodity. Starring in some of the biggest titles, including Jordan Peele’s Nope, and Minari, the role for which he received his historical Oscar nomination, and more, has recently been announced to join the MCU. Yeun, who starred in The Walking Dead and whose character, Glenn, suffered one of the most horrific deaths of the series, has been cast in Marvel’s Thunderbolts.
Yeun will join the ranks of several Walking Dead actors who have also starred in the MCU with this new role. When first reported, little information was given about his role, but in a recent interview with Empire, Yeun breaks his silence about the casting.
Joining Thunderbolts was an opportunity to reunite with director Jake Schreier who directed Yeun in the Netflix series Beef. Although Yeun didn’t have “joining the MCU” on his bucket list, the story and working with Schreier again is what drew him to the project.
"It was more the story, getting to work with Jake Schreier again, who directed Beef, and what his intentions were. The intentions of the particular character that they wanted me to play were very clear, and that’s what drew me to the film."
Details surrounding Yeun’s role have been kept under wraps; when first reported by Deadline, it was stated that his role is significant to the film and could play an essential role in future films within the MCU.
Steven Yeun – upcoming projects
The next release for Yeun appears to be the Netflix original Beef, in which he stars alongside Ali Wong. This series will premiere at SXSW’s Closing Night episodic selection on March 19 and release on Netflix on April 9.
Yeun will once again lend his voice talents in the adult animated series Invincible as Mark Grayson/Invincible. The second season of this series is anticipated for release before the end of 2023. He will also star in Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite follow-up Mickey 17, which will release in March 2024.