Shawn Levy speaks about his upcoming Star Wars project

One of Shawn Levy’s biggest tasks is a new Star Wars film. The director talks about the massive undertaking of such a project and how he’s optimistic.

Shawn Levy, Star Wars

Shawn Levy has the fun task of bringing Wolverine and Deadpool into the MCU with multiple possibilities for a cavalcade of fourth-wall-breaking references. And because of these possibilities, rumors are flying everywhere about possible cameos that could potentially happen in Deadpool 3. Levy recently sat down with Variety to discuss not only Deadpool 3, but his anticipated final season of Stranger Things and his announced Star Wars project.

Levy was inquired about how his approach to his Star Wars film will differ from past incarnations. Levy replies, “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.’ So I have felt extremely empowered. We are in early days, unfortunately, because the development process was abruptly paused [due to the WGA strike], but I feel very empowered to trust my instincts in the development of this story and movie.”

Taking on a massive project like Deadpool 3 carries enormous pressure. The pressure is no different for something like Star Wars, which has the challenge of bringing something new to the decades-old franchise while still pleasing die-hard fans. Levy mentions that, luckily, Deadpool 3 is giving him the confidence to tackle Star Wars, “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. My Deadpool movie is turning out to be exactly what Ryan [Reynolds] and I had hoped when we started off. So I’m going into the development of my Star Wars movie with a similar optimism and faith that my instincts will be allowed to lead the way.”

The interviewer would also point out that Levy is known to be close with Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver, and asks if their friendship could mean there’s a possibility his project involves being a Kylo Ren prequel of some kind. Levy would amusingly respond, “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.”

Source: Variety

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