Indie darling Chloe Zhao will direct the upcoming Marvel comic book movie ‘The Eternals’ reports Variety. Her previous film ‘The Rider’ was a western drama about a cowboy who suffers a major injury riding his horse in the rodeo circuit. The injury leaves him prone to seizures that will only get worse when he rides. This leaves him with the decision to ride on to certain death or move on from something that gives him so much fulfillment in his life. The movie received universal acclaim when it was released.
Chloe Zhao was born in Beijing China in 1982 to a hospital worker and a steel company manager. She got introduced to western culture when China opened up in the 90s. Her pull to western culture was a way to rebel against her parents and Chinese authority, “It goes back to when I was a teenager in China, being in a place where there are lies everywhere. You felt like you were never going to be able to get out. A lot of info I received when I was younger was not true, and I became very rebellious toward my family and my background. I went to England suddenly and relearned my history. Studying political science in a liberal arts college was a way for me to figure out what is real. Arm yourself with information, and then challenge that too,” she tells Filmmaker Magazine.
Eventually, she made her way to the United States where she got a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mount Holyoke College. Bored and turned off by politics, Chloe transitioned to movies by attending the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She has since made, “The Daughters”, “Songs My Brothers Taught Me”, and “The Rider.” Zhao cites Werner Heron and Wong Kar Wai as two of her major influences.
“The Eternals” are a fictional race of humans created by the Alien Celestials millions of years ago. The Celestials came to earth and created the godlike ‘The Eternals’ through genetic experiments from the earliest homo-sapiens. The Celestials also created the monstrous “Deviants”. Ever since the two races have been engaged in civil war.
The movie which is considered a part of the next phase of the Marvel movie franchise will be penned by Matthew and Ryan Firpo.