Kumail Nanjiani says 'The Eternals' will have a Bollywood musical number

Gregory Wakeman
Kumail Nanjiani visits the Build Series to discuss the Apple TV + Anthology Series “Little America”. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)

The Eternals is widely regarded to be Marvel’s riskiest film yet. 

The upcoming sci-fi superhero blockbuster is based on Jack Kirby’s 1976 comic book of the same name, and revolves around a group of aliens that have lived in secret on earth for 7000 years. However, a tragedy after Avengers: Endgame, means that they have to come of hiding to protect the planet. 

Kumail Nanjiani, who is playing the cosmic-powered Kingo in The Eternals, has now opened up about how it will be different to other entries to the MCU, revealing that it will even have its very own Bollywood musical number. 

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“A lot of it takes place in the present day. My character, for instance, is like ‘OK we’re supposed to keep a low profile, no one should know.’ So I become a Bollywood movie star, that’s my secret identity. We’re supposed to keep quiet and I’ve become the biggest Bollywood movie star.”

A Chinese New Year-inspired poster for the forthcoming Disney release The Eternals (Disney)

Nanjiani told Deadline’s New Hollywood podcast that he found filming, and even rehearsing, the sequence incredibly moving. "I remember the first time I went to rehearsal, I walked in and there were all these South Asian people. I was so moved immediately. I was like, 'Oh my god, we went from none of us to so many in one scene."

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But The Big Sick and Silicon Valley star had to quickly overcome these emotional thoughts, as he fully admits that he was already out of his depth with the musical number.

(L-R) Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Chloe Zhao, Lia McHugh, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Lauren Ridloff and Dong-seok Ma. (Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

“I took months of Bollywood dance classes to prepare for that. It’s really a workout… and you know, there’s like 52 dancers, and 51 of them are professional dancers, and then there’s me!” 

We’ll see how well he does in the scene when The Eternals is released later this year on 6 November.