After years of working on Marvel movies, directors Anthony and Joe Russo say they'd love to helm a Star Wars film. After a decade of making indie films and directing a number of TV comedies, the Russo brothers surprised everyone when they were selected to helm the second Captain America film. Though they'd dabbled a bit in action scenes, the political thriller set in the MCU seemed about as far from their sensibilities as possible. In the end, The Winter Soldier not only proved to be one of Marvel's biggest critical and financial hits yet, but elevated the Russos to new heights.
With Civil War, they managed to outdo themselves in a many respects and they're now focused on finishing up the first decade of the MCU with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. While the second and third Captain America dealt with more grounded, political elements, the upcoming Avengers movies will both take things cosmic for the directors and serve as the largest blockbuster films to date. With a sprawling cast and ten years of story across various mediums, it's hard to imagine a pair of directors who are more qualified to jump to Disney's other big shared universe: Star Wars.
Variety spoke with the Russo brothers recently about the politics of their films, what to expect from Infinity War and Avengers 4, and whether the pair would like to helm a Star Wars film. On that latter front, Joe Russo answered with a resounding 'yes.'
"I sat in a theater when I was 11 years old and watched The Empire Strikes Back from 10 in the morning until 10 at night the day it came out. To say we’re obsessed with Star Wars is an understatement. We’d absolutely love to do a Star Wars film."
It's clear from Joe's answer that he—and likely his brother—loves the Star Wars universe. While we've yet to see the fruits of their latest labor, it's safe to assume they'll continue fusing character with spectacle. Add in the fact that Disney owns both Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, and it does feel like a natural fit.
We know there's at least some interplay between the members of Star Wars and the MCU, so it seems like only a matter of time before there's some sort of crossover in terms of talent. Honestly, the only thing preventing it is likely the intense schedules everyone involved with both franchises has. Still, next year will see the Russos with a bit more free time.
Then again, they won't be idle. They'll not only be producing adaptations of the comic Quantum & Woody and the game Little Nightmares, but they'll also be producing and directing the crime series Mastermind for FX. Hopefully, however, if Lucasfilm comes knocking, they'll make time to tackle a Star Wars film. After all, the third anthology movie is still looking for a director or two.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019