The Eternals, scripted by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, focusses on “super-powered and near-immortal beings known as Eternals and a more monstrous off-shoot known as the Deviants that were created by cosmic beings known as Celestials.”
The site reports that the main characters in the movie will be Ikaris, “a man fueled by cosmic energy”, and Sersi, “who relishes moving amongst humans.”
Zhao was previously said to have been on the shortlist for Marvel’s Black Widow movie prior to the appointment of Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome). She has secured the Eternals gig ahead of a shortlist that is said to have included Travis Knight (Bumblebee), Nicole Kassell (HBO’s Watchmen) and Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (Birds of Passage).
As yet, there’s no word as to when we can expect to see The Eternals; however, it had previously been reported that Marvel was viewing it as a replacement for Guardians of the Galaxy following the release of Vol. 3, and with that now on hold after James Gunn’s exit, it’s very possible that The Eternals will leapfrog it in the Marvel queue.