Chloe Zhao is the writer and director for Marvel Studios’ upcoming movie, Eternals. But she is so far known for her smaller budget, remarkable, personal movies. So how will she fare when tackling a project such as this?
Eternals will feature a huge ensemble of actors including Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kit Harrington and Salma Hayek amongst others. It is a world away for the kinds of movies that fans of the filmmaker have come to expect. While this may send some warning lights out to many, Marvel head, Kevin Feige was not worried at all.
Not only does Chloe make remarkable, small, personal movies in a remarkable, small, personal way, but she thinks in grand, cosmic, gigantic terms, which fit perfectly with what we wanted to do,” says Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who calls Zhao’s pitch for the movie the best he’d ever heard. “Eternals is a very big, sweeping, multimillennial-spanning story. And she just got it.
While the characters in this movie may be far removed from the type of characters we usually see in a movie by Zhao, she wants the film to feel grounded and experimental, “like you’re right there in this space with these characters.”
Zhao herself had the following to say on her filmmaking style:
I always fight really hard to have as much of whoever’s playing that role in it, and I want to continue to work that way in the future, whether it’s a bigger film or a smaller film. Because I always find, people are just so interesting. Y’know?