Could Chloé Zhao make the move from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the Star Wars Universe? The Eternals director may have hinted at the possibility in a recent interview with Empire Magazine.
While speaking on Eternals for the publication, Oscar-winning director was asked about her next project, during the interview Zhao brought up Star Wars multiple times to which Al Horner asked “Would you like to direct a Star Wars movie?” Zhao, technically denying the question answered very cryptically:
Hmmmm. I have to tread very carefully with what I say here. [laughs] Yes. Let’s just say, it’s a world I have so much reverence for because it was such an important part of my life. [laugh]
According to insiders, the early reception on Eternals is through the roof. It is likely The Walt Disney Company wants to continue working with Zhao moving forward. From what we have seen from the trailers, it appears she could easily handle a blockbuster with heavy VFX and ensemble cast, something a director needs to know how to handle with a Star Wars. We already know she is a storyteller from her previous work with The Rider and Nomadland. Time will tell if the director will tackle a movie in a galaxy far far away, but we feel this is a good bet.
When monstrous creatures called the Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, the Eternals are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again.
The outstanding ensemble cast includes Gemma Chan as humankind-loving Sersi, Richard Madden as the all-powerful Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as cosmic-powered Kingo, Lia McHugh as the eternally young, old-soul Sprite, Brian Tyree Henry as the intelligent inventor Phastos, Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast Makkari, Barry Keoghan as aloof loner Druig, Don Lee as the powerful Gilgamesh, with Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, with Salma Hayek as the wise and spiritual leader Ajak, and Angelina Jolie as the fierce warrior Thena.
Kevin Feige and Nate Moore are the producers, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Kevin de la Noy serving as executive producers. The story is by Ryan Firpo & Matthew K. Firpo, and the screenplay is by Chloé Zhao and Chloé Zhao & Patrick Burleigh.
Eternals is set to hit theaters on November 5, 2021.