Director Shawn Levy recently sat down with Variety to discuss a number of his projects, one being his anticipated upcoming Star Wars film. Levy has directed many movies and is currently still in the middle of Deadpool 3, which was put on pause due to the WGA strike. Levy’s comments on the upcoming Star Wars movie fill many with hope for the future.
Levy was asked how he would make his own film different from the Star Wars films produced in the past. The director shared how he and Kathleen Kennedy hoped to do just that, stating:
"When Kathy Kennedy brought me on board to make a “Star Wars” movie, her central mandate to me was “I want a Shawn Levy movie. I want a story and a tone that reflects you and your taste and what you bring to your movies — with a ‘Star Wars’ story.”"
After the sequel trilogy, while a success at the box office has mixed reactions among fans, there’s no doubt that Kennedy is searching for a change in her company’s films. Levy’s clearance to make a unique Star Wars film opens up many new opportunities for the ever-expanding Star Wars Universe.
Levy was also asked about his experience directing Deadpool 3 and how it may have prepared him for his future challenge at Lucasfilm. He answered:
"“The experience that I’m currently having with Marvel on “Deadpool” is showing me firsthand that it is indeed really possible to feel empowered and personal about making a movie within a universe that is bigger than any one film”"
Levy isn’t wrong about the comparison he made. Like Star Wars, Deadpool 3 is rumored to be a small piece of a bigger story leading up to Avengers: Secret Wars. With this film under his belt, Levy will have more than enough experience telling a fantastic story inside an even bigger one.
Variety also asked Levy a question regarding his friendship with Adam Driver. Due to Driver’s portrayal of Kylo Ren in the sequel trilogy, Variety wondered about the possibility of Levy’s film being a pre-sequel trilogy centered around Driver’s character. While we have seen flashbacks of young Ben Solo’s childhood, we’ve never seen Ben Solo in live-action outside of the sequel trilogy. Levy has this to say:
"“Your words, not mine! As you know Adam is a buddy, and I’ve always been a huge fan of Kylo Ren. But no comment.”"
We’ll have to wait and see on that one.
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