Captain Marvel directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have cast some top-tier Star Wars and Marvel stars in their upcoming film, Freaky Tales.
While Marvel Studios has become a magnet for A-list Hollywood talent like Florence Pugh, Angela Bassett, and now Harrison Ford, the red brand has also skyrocketed writers' and directors' careers.
To date, the MCU has helped make the Russo brothers, Taika Waititi, and James Gunn household names.
As these writers and directors continue to build their careers both in and out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel directing team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have followed suit.
And now, they've assembled a stellar (and familiar) cast of franchise talent for their next big project.
Marvel Directors Reveal Cast for Upcoming Film
As reported by Deadline, The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal, Black Panther 2's Dominique Thorne, and Rogue One's Ben Mendelsohn are set to star in Freaky Tales, a new film by directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, best known by fans for helming 2019's Captain Marvel.
Inspired by Fleck's experiences growing up in the Bay Area, Freaky Tales is set in Oakland in 1987 and consists of four interconnected stories.
In addition to featuring actual locations, the original film will also reference historical events both real and fictional.
Joining Pascal, Thorne, and Mendelsohn in Freaky Tales is Jay Ellis from Top Gun: Maverick, Euphoria's Angus Cloud, Jack Champion from Avatar: The Way of Water, and Atypical's Keir Gilchrist and Michelle Farrah Huang.
Pedro Pascal will star in Season 3 of The Mandalorian on Disney+ in early 2023; Dominique Thorne is confirmed to star in Ironheart on Disney+ in the Fall of 2023.
Fleck and Boden also worked with Mendelsohn on Captain Marvel, in which he played the Skrull general, Talos. The character is set to return in Secret Invasion, which comes to Disney+ in Spring 2023.
Marvel and Star Wars Talent is Top-Tier Talent
Despite its title, Freaky Tales' description bears a number of narrative similarities to 2019's Captain Marvel.
In addition to being both a personal and character-driven story, it's also set in the past with the intention of exploring that period.
While Captain Marvel 2 - or The Marvels - is expected to be set in the modern-day MCU, Captain Marvel largely took place in the '90s and highlighted a number of elements from that point in time.
As for the film's impressive cast, the names attached to Fleck and Boden's upcoming film are huge gets. The fact that several are Lucasfilm and Marvel stars not only shows how extensive those franchise cast lists have become, but it's also evidence that fantasy and comic book films star some of Hollywood's best.
Whether Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will ever return to the MCU remains to be seen, but in the meantime, Freaky Tales is sure to generate plenty of buzz thanks to its established cast.
The release date for Freaky Tales is currently unknown.