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Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao on directing Marvel’s Eternals: ‘It’s been such an incredible experience working with Marvel’

Marvel's Eternals will be the first big-budget project for Chloe Zhao, who has indie cinematic origins. Zhao recently explained her experience while directing an MCU movie.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
April 30, 2021 10:42:22 am
chloe zhao, Eternals, chloe zhao eternalsEternals releases on November 5. (Photo: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)

Chloe Zhao, who swept the top categories at the 93rd Academy Awards, winning Best Picture and Best Director, is now focussing on her next project, Marvel’s Eternals. After making history with her win, she is all set to release her big-budget project later this year.

Eternals is a multi-starrer that would explore the titular alien immortals who have stood in opposition to Deviants like Thanos (at least in the comics) for millions of years. The film is written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, stars a dream ensemble with names like Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Angelina Jolie and Kit Harington.

Chloe Zhao, oscars Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland swept the top categories at the 93rd Academy Awards. (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Pool via REUTERS)

The film has Eternals reuniting to protect Earth from the Deviants.

While speaking to Variety, the Oscar-winning filmmaker recently explained her experience while directing an MCU movie. She said, “It’s just been such an incredible experience working with the team at Marvel. I want to be careful saying ‘my vision’, even though I do want people to know they did support what I wanted to do. I want people to know that. But I also want to make sure they know that I got the support of this incredibly talented team, some of the most talented artists in the world. And it really is a village to make this film, but they did let me lead.”

Zhao also opened up about working with such a huge cast and crew, which must have been a new experience for an indie filmmaker like her who is used to much smaller crews.

“Props to Marvel — from early on, they knew the way I wanted to make this film, how I wanted to shoot. It can’t be hundreds of people standing around. So they very much adapted how to run the set the way that I wanted to work. I’m still surrounded by 25 people. They just have armies, and each of them knew they needed to keep the army away,” Zhao said.

Eternals releases on November 5.

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