Chloé Zhao accepted the Academy Award for Best Director just six months ago, further cementing her record as the most accomplished filmmaker in history with a single year’s worth of wins. Nomadland’s victories were groundbreaking, and judging by Eternals, the director isn’t done shaking things up yet.
When speaking with CSU World Record in the new Ghostbusters Celebration issue, Zhao addressed the danger involved in producing such a large project. “It’s like sailing,” she adds. “You don’t want to go on a little cruise around the harbor; you want to go into uncharted territory and discover what you can find.”
The cast of Eternals is enormous, with Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, and Kumail Nanjiani among them. The film follows an immortal alien race who are called out of hiding to save humanity from a legion of malevolent demons known as the Deviants in the present day.
Eternals will be based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it will feature a distinctively unique visual aesthetic. The Revenant and The Tree Of Life are among Zhao’s influences, and Eternals promises to deliver plenty of drama. “It’s sort of like Greek and Roman gods who live very human lives with human qualities, rivalry,
Not only is he not afraid to get his hands dirty, but Zhao also isn’t one to back down from murky concepts, implying that Thanos, Marvel supervillain and poster boy for devastation, was misinterpreted. “I loved the notion of pushing against our straightforward moral standards in the superhero genre,” she adds.
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