For a while now, we've known that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is working on a Star Wars film. Details of the project are still under wraps, but it has been reported that Loki head writer Michael Waldron was tapped to write the film. Now, we may have the details on who is going to helm the project.
According to One Take News and backed by Jordan Maison of Cinelinx, Eternals director Chloe Zhao is set to helm Feige's untitled Star Wars film. Sources told them that she had either already signed on or is very close to signing. They also indicated that Zhao was always Feige's top choice to direct the film.
The news hasn't been reported yet by the major trades nor announced by Lucasfilm and Feige so we have to take this with a grain of salt. However, the outlet that reported it has been mostly reliable when it comes to their exclusive news in the past so there is a chance that it is likely to be true at all.
This is definitely significant news as it shows that Feige and Zhao had a great working relationship when they did Eternals. Even though the film received mixed reviews from critics, it seems that it didn't affect Feige's view on the director and he still wants to work with her on another project. In the end, it looks like what mattered to him is that Zhao did a terrific job on making Eternals and he definitely was satisfied with her performance.
Zhao has also expressed in several interviews that she is a Star Wars fan and is interested to direct a Star Wars film so it makes sense why she signed on to direct (if the news is true). It is definitely intriguing to see what her take on Star Wars would look like. Given what she did on Eternals, we could guess that it will be a unique and perhaps deconstructive approach to the franchise.
We also learned yesterday that Rogue Squadron is getting delayed by Lucasfilm and there have been questions from fans if the other Star Wars film projects that are also in the works will be fast-tracked as a result. Could this be a sign that Feige's project will now be the priority as the next Star Wars feature? Maybe. We will surely find out soon enough for any official news regarding what's next for Star Wars on the film side.