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Chloe Zhao has been hired to direct Marvel Studios' The Eternals, according to Variety. Zhao will reportedly be working from a screenplay by Matthew and Ryan Firpo.

In comic books, the Eternals are an ancient race of cosmic beings with connections to the Kree and the Celestials.

According to the Hollywood trade, The Eternals is seen by Marvel as "the perfect transition into its next phase along with Captain Marvel..."

Zhao's 2017 film The Rider was chosen to debut at the Sundance Film Festival and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Variety reports that several unnamed major studios have been eying Zhao for movies, leading Marvel to hire Zhao quickly after ther initial meeting.

Marvel has not announced a release date for Eternals.

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