Al Rafeea is known for his lead role in 'Capernaum', Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki’s Oscar-nominated film.
Marvel has released a trailer for its superhero film Eternals starring Syrian refugee-turned-actor Zain Al-Rafeea alongside a star-studded cast that includes Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie and Richard Madden.
Al-Rafeea, who gained prominence for his role in Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki’s critically-acclaimed Capernaum, appears for a couple of seconds in the two-minute-long trailer for the Chloe Zhao-directed movie about an immortal alien race.
The film centres on an immortal alien race who have secretly lived on Earth for more than 7,000 years and are reunited to protect humanity from an evil threat. While the Eternals may not be as recognisable as other superheroes in the Marvel Universe, there’s certainly no shortage of star power in the film.
While the trailer gives away little to no details on the plot, if the clip is anything to go by, Al-Rafeea stars as a villager who comes across the Eternals when they arrive to Earth.
Rumours of Al-Rafeea joining the cast of the film first surfaced in 2019 after Hayek uploaded a picture of herself with the former Syrian refugee and “Eternals” co-star Lia Mchugh on Instagram.
“Hanging with the Eternals’ youth,” Hayek, who plays the leader of the Eternals, Ajak, captioned the Instagram post.
Eternals is set for theatrical release on November 5, 2021.