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Olivia Wilde confirms being tapped to direct secret Marvel movie

NiƱa V. Guno

Inquirer.net/Asia News Network

 /  Wed, September 16, 2020  /  04:15 pm
Olivia Wilde confirms being tapped to direct secret Marvel movie

Olivia Wilde attends The 2020 MAKERS Conference on February 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (AFP/Rachel Murray)

Olivia Wilde has confirmed that she will helm a superhero film and dished her excitement over the project.

Reports broke in August that the actress would direct a female-centric Marvel film under Sony. Both Sony and Wilde have yet to reveal who the superhero will be, though speculations are that it will feature Spider-Woman.

Wilde discussed what the project meant to her as a female director and how she kept it under wraps on Evan Ross Katz’s podcast “Shut Up Evan” on Sept. 15.

She described the film as “by far the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me”.

“Not only do I get to tell this story as a director, but I get to develop this story, and that was what made it so incredible for me,” she said.

“I’m just honored to be among this wave of women who are showing up and saying ‘we are not going to step in and try and tell this story like men do, we’re actually going to reframe the stories themselves.'”

“And the industry is, as far as I can tell, really supportive of that,” she said. “There is a sea change and it’s because of the decades of trailblazers who demanded this over and over and over again and it’s finally broken through and I’m very fortunate to be there with it.”

She said she had to “lie” to friends to avoid spilling her new project, stating that she would receive texts asking if she was “lying the whole time”.

“And I’m like ‘It was lying by omission. I couldn’t',” Wilde said. “It’s really intense because you know what people care about? They care about superhero movies.”

“If we can get people to care about the 2020 election as much as they care about superhero movies we will be in good shape,” she noted.

Katie Silberman, who wrote Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart, is working with the House star on the upcoming superhero flick. The two are also collaborating for the upcoming thriller Don’t Worry Darling

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