US actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani joined ITV's Loose Women today to discuss his upcoming role in Marvels superhero blockbuster hit movie, Eternals.

Speaking to the lunchtime panel Kaye Adams, Sunetra Sarker, Jane Moore and Linda Robson, Nanjiani explained: "It was absolutely a dream come true!

"I mean, I never thought I'd get to play a superhero, let alone a superhero in a Marvel movie with this cast and this director!"

Eternals, which is due to be released in the UK on November 5 focuses on the lives of an immortal race of aliens who have emerged from hiding after thousands of years in order to protect planet Earth from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.

Starring alongside 43-year-old Nanjiani is Gemma Chan ( Fantastic Beasts; Crazy Rich Asians) , as well as Scottish icon Richard Madden (Game of Thrones; The Bodyguard), Lia McHugh (The Lodge; Into The Dark), Brian Tyree Henry (Joker; Godzilla vs. Kong), The Walking Dead's Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk).

Also joining the superhero cast is Don Lee (Train to Busan), Harish Patel (Run Fatboy Run), Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington, Salma Hayek (From Dusk till Dawn; Grown-Ups) as well as Angelina Jolie (Girl Interrupted; Tomb Raider).

"I dreamed of being a superhero, I didn't think it would come true - I mean, I understand I am not a superhero in real life, I just play one in the movies, but that's as close as I'm going to get."

Nanjiani will be playing the role of Kingo, an Eternal alien with the ability of projecting cosmic energy from his hands. Infatuated with the idea of fame however, Kingo goes into "hiding" by becoming a popular Bollywood movie star to conceal his identity on Earth.

He revealed to the Loose Women how he managed to keep his role a secret.
He revealed to the Loose Women how he managed to keep his role a secret.

"I am so excited - I've waited all my life to see a South Asian superhero!", actress and Loose Women panellist Sunetra Sarker explained. "Growing up it just felt so impossible, and now you've got there!"

Nanjiani replied: "You do feel a lot of pressure because there hasn't been a South Asian superhero, but that pressure, you can't really put it on yourself."

Nanjiani was born in Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan. At age 18 however, he moved to the United States to attend college.

"I can only play one character right," he explained. "And there are over a billion people who look like us in the world, so I just try to do the best job that I can and I hope that there are more people after me, so that the pressure on all of us is a little bit less lighter!"

Eternals was directed by Chinese-born filmmaker Chloe Zhao, who reportedly approached Marvel Studios about making the film, having been a fan of the Marvel Comics Universe for years.

The cast of Eternals.
The cast of Eternals.

"I grew up watching Bollywood movies, I love Bollywood dance sequences, so when Chloe [Zhao] said, 'You have to do a Bollywood dance sequence', I said, 'No!' because I felt like it was too much pressure.

"She then said, 'Okay well just do a Bollywood action scene', so I said, 'Great!'

"Then I got to the shoot and she said, 'I lied, we are doing a Bollywood dance sequence'. Then I took four months of classes because I wanted to get it right because I love those movies! I love those sequences and if I don't get it right then a lot of people in the world are going to know!"

Nanjiani also explained that it was surprisingly easy keeping his new leading role hush hush.

"I found out [about the part] a year before I started shooting, and I had to keep this secret for a year.

"It wasn't hard to keep because my wife believed me," he joked. "But no-one else would have believed me anyway, so it was fine and I liked having a little secret!"