Jerry Maguire Director Wants To Direct Marvel’s Brightest Mutant

Cameron Crowe Wants to be the director who brings Dazzler to the MCU.

By Matthew Creith | Published

Writer and director Cameron Crowe has delighted audiences for four decades with incredible pieces of filmmaking that includes Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. As the Academy Award-winning writer is currently promoting the Broadway adaptation of Almost Famous, he has divulged information about another project that he would like to work on for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to help bridge the gap between Marvel Studios and the X-Men characters. According to an interview that Cameron Crowe gave with Rolling Stone, the director has always wanted to make a movie about Dazzler, an X-Men character that he would like played by singer-songwriter Dua Lipa.

Cameron Crowe’s admission that he’s been thinking about Dazzler and Dua Lipa playing the singing X-Men character is an incredibly interesting factoid. Having come out the gate strong with a string of well-received movies in the 1980s through the early aughts, his latest projects like Aloha with Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper, as well as We Bought a Zoo with Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson haven’t fared as well at the box office as many of his earlier achievements. Bringing Dazzler, a mutant singer who can use sound and transform it into holograms and lasers, could be a fascinating prospect that Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios couldn’t pass up, given the popularity of lesser-known superheroes taking over the current phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Dazzler #20, Marvel Comics 1982

With the grand tradition of Marvel Studios often hiring independent directors to helm their big budgeted blockbusters, it wouldn’t be out of the question for a solid director like Cameron Crowe to take on Dazzler and any stories related to mutants within the X-Men universe. Dua Lipa would be an interesting choice to play the lead role considering the English singer hasn’t acted professionally yet, although her acting debut in the upcoming Matthew Vaughn film Argylle alongside Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, and Bryce Dallas Howard may prove she has what it takes to assume a big project. After Almost Famous takes the Broadway stage in its run this month, Cameron Crowe may be ready to continue his lengthy film career once again.

Prior to Cameron Crowe wanting to work on X-Men movies that feature Dazzler, the California native began his work as a writer by contributing to Rolling Stone magazine when he was a young journalist. He moved into writing screenplays for Fast Times at Ridgemont High, based on a book he wrote, then transitioned into writing and directing for hit movies like Say Anything…, Singles, and Jerry Maguire. His autobiographical film Almost Famous centered around his own life as a teenage rock journalist in the 1970s starring Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudon, Billy Crudup, Jason Lee, and Frances McDormand.