Eternals directly Chloe Zhao has said the upcoming Marvel epic will draw inspiration from her background and ‘manga roots’.
The 38-year-old director – who was born in Beijing but later relocated to Los Angeles – is helming the much-anticipated film which has a star-studded cast including Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani and Kit Harington.
Promised that the film will explore both East and Western ideas, the director shared an insight into what we can expect from the superhero quest, which follows on from Avengers.
She shared: ‘I have such deep, strong, manga roots. I brought some of that into Eternals. And I look forward to pushing more of that marriage of East and West.’
Eternals revolves around a group of ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years.
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, released last year, an unexpected tragedy forces the Eternals out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.
Plot details for Avengers were revealed in January, with Angelina said to be playing a ‘fierce warrior’ and Salma Hayek a ‘wise and spiritual leader’. Game Of Thrones star Richard, meanwhile, will play the ‘all-powerful’ leader of the the ‘ancient aliens’ who double up as an ’exciting team of Super Heroes.’
Speaking on the film, which filmed in london earlier this year, Zhao also said she’s making the upcoming epic from the point of view of a fan.
She told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘How much further and bigger can we go after Avengers: Endgame? Because I’m not just making the film as a director. I’m making the film as a fan.’
The filmmaker is working with a much bigger budget than she’s used to on Eternals, with that sweet, sweet MCU money, but she insists she’s still being afforded the same creative freedoms by Marvel.
Zhao said: ‘I shot exactly the way I wanted to shoot. On location. A lot of magic hour. Three-hundred-sixty degrees on the same camera as I did on Nomadland. Same rigs.’
The director added she feels fortunate that Marvel has placed so much faith in her and that the studio has been happy to allow her to work in her usual way, adding that it’s ‘a it surreal’ and she’s ‘waiting for the shoe to drop’.
Eternals is scheduled for release February 2021.
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