The head of Marvel Studios isn't leaving the studio he turned into the film industry's box office leader, but rather following his passion to explore another universe he loves.
It looks like Chris Evans is eager to jump from one blockbuster franchise and straight into another one. The actor took to Twitter to throw his hat into the ring after the story broke that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is looking to produce a "Star Wars" film.
It looks like Feige may play a key role in the future of "Star Wars" after "The Rise of Skywalker" wraps the original nine-film saga begun "A Long Time Ago" and Lucasfilm looks forward to a future without these central characters.
"We are excited about the projects [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy] and the Lucasfilm team are working on," Walt Disney Studios co-chairman and chief creative officer Alan Horn told The Hollywood Reporter. "With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together."
And if they're interested, they may already have a leading man lined up in Evans. The Captain America star who (spoiler alert) hung up his shield after "Avengers: Endgame" responded to a tweet Thursday night by Collider asking fans who they'd want to see "pop up" in a Star Wars movie.
Me.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 27, 2019
"Me," Evans wrote. It was a simple one-word response, but it was enough to light up the thread as enthusiastic Marvel and Star Wars fans jumped on board the idea. And honestly, it's a great path forward for Lucasfilm and the franchise.
After disappointing returns for "Solo," Lucasfilm is probably nervous about spreading its wings into a completely new era of Star Wars lore, and yet they're in a position now where they need to find a way to connect audiences with brand new characters and stories disconnected from the Skywalker line, and possibly even the Republic, Empire, Rebellion, First Order or Resistance.
Star Wars fans already know there are literally thousands of years of history that's been explored in the Legends line of books and comics, with various publishers finding success in the years, decades and centuries before the events of the feature films, and even beyond them.
The challenge, though, is convincing moviegoers to take a chance on something completely new, and nothing makes new go down easier than if it's not all new. Chris Evans is one of film's most beloved actors, thanks to his work as Captain America in the Marvel films. He's proven he can carry a character both as a lead and a supporting player, and that he's comfortable in big-budget, special-effects-heavy tentpole movies.
Plus, the guy's a stellar actor and handsome to boot. What's not to like? Why not strike while the iron is hot. And who knows, it could open "Star Wars" up to becoming yet another world of films that actors will be clamoring to be a part of.
In fact, Evans may not even be the only MCU star interested in making the shift -- or performing double duty.
Brie Larson may be just getting started as Captain Marvel in the MCU, but we already know she's a huge "Star Wars" fan, as evidenced by how much she geeked out when crossover star Samuel L. Jackson let her see the lightsaber he used as Jedi Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy.
She also seemingly threw her hat into the ring by posting this on Twitter:
Did someone say Star Wars?! pic.twitter.com/e6vVm5wW2p— Brie Larson (@brielarson) September 27, 2019
Casting Evans in a prominent role in an upcoming Star Wars film will help soothe worried fans that the franchise can't survive beyond the Skywalker story. Now all they need to do is come up with (or find) a great story to tell. Did we mention there are a ton of them already written?
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