In fact, Feige has already tapped Loki head writer Michael Waldron to helm his project and, now, Marvel’s Eternals director Chloe Zhao — who won an Academy Award for her work on 20th Century Studios’ Nomadland (2020) starring Frances McDormand — has been confirmed as his film’s director.
Per a new report:
We’ve vetted this story out to as many sources as possible and based on that, One Take News can exclusively report that Chloé Zhao is very close to signing onto direct Kevin Feige’s Star Wars film although some sources said she’s already signed on. Either way, sources told us she was always a top choice for Feige and it’s only a matter of time before it’s a done deal.
While official confirmation from Feige, Lucasfilm, and The Walt Disney Company has not yet been issued, this would not be a surprising move, particularly given that the next Star Wars movie — Patty Jenkins’s Star Wars: Rogue Squadron — was officially taken off the production schedule yesterday.
True to form, Feige has been tight-lipped about his Star Wars movie. The closest he’s come to addressing the status of his project was in January 2021 — obviously prior to the Rogue Squadron delay — when he told Variety:
“We’re thinking that we’re not — that is, um — everything you’ve heard about [Michael Waldron] has been been leaked. It’s not stuff that we’ve officially announced or gotten into. So, suffice to say, the focus is on all the number of Marvel things we’re working on. The what, where, when and how of that [“Star Wars” movie], I don’t know. I’m excited for “The Book of Boba Fett,” and the “Rogue One” show, and the Obi-Wan show, and Patty’s movie, and Taika’s movie. [Smiles] After “Thor: Love and Thunder,” of course.”
At this time, neither Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy nor any other executive has confirmed if either Feige or Taika Waititi’s movies will be moved into the December 2023 Star Wars movie slot.
Stay tuned to ITM for more on this developing story.