Eternals’ Cast Members Withdraws From Elle Event After Exposure To COVID-19

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Eternals stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, and Lauren Ridloff withdrew at the last moment from Elle Magazine’s 2021 Women In Hollywood gala event on Tuesday night. The star cast has pulled back due to potential exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Elle EIC Nina Garcia revealed in her opening remarks that kicked off the event that the actresses, who were all set to be honored during the evening, would not be attending as a precaution. “Those superheroes are now in super isolation,” said Garcia from the stage. Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Lauren Ridloff, and Salma Hayek, along with the rest of the ensemble cast of Marvel’s Eternals were in attendance at the film’s world premiere on Monday night that took place at the El Capitan theater in Los Angeles.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, a Disney spokesperson said, “Earlier today we were made aware of a possible exposure to COVID-19, and while all of our talents have tested negative, out of an abundance of caution, we are pivoting to virtual appearances rather than in-person events.”

“Those superheroes are now in super isolation,” Elle’s EIC Nina Garcia announcing that @TheEternals cast members and #ELLEWIH honorees Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Lauren Ridloff were exposed to COVID-19 and now are unable to attend tonight out of abundance of caution

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Marvel Eternals is slated to release on November 5. Directed by Chloé Zhao, the official summary of the eternal reads as, “Eternals, a race of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years, reunite to battle the evil Deviants.” Meanwhile, the movie stars Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kit Harington as Black Knight, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Barry Keoghan as Druig, and Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, among others.

After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, Elle’s Women In Hollywood event returned to an in-person gala. The event was held at the Dolby Family Terrace at the new Academy Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. However, Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Lauren Ridloff, Salma Hayek were included in this year’s honorees list. Other stars include Halle Berry, Jodie Comer, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Moreno, and Gal Gadot.

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