October 14, 2015


'Star Wars': Lucasfilm Wants a Female Director

ABC/Image Group LA via Getty Image
ABC/Image Group LA via Getty Image

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy—the source of so much of the last few years' slobber-inducing Star Wars news—has some exciting intel for us today. Asked by the Guardian about all the male directors lined up for the new Episode VII - IX trilogy and the three interstitial films (among them J.J. Abrams, Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow, Looper writer/director Rian Johnson), Kennedy said, "There’s nothing we’d like more than to find a female director for Star Wars."

She went on: “There is an assumption made that the people involved should predominantly be men. There are women who are Star Wars fans. That’s what’s so insane.” The paper notes that Kennedy has routinely been approached by men looking to work on the new Star Wars, much more so than women.

Also in the piece, Kennedy notes that a new female character introduced in Episode VII will be "extremely significant" to the new trilogy. Any more info? "I don't want to spoil the story."

The Guardian also notes that Kennedy "revealed that six out of eight of the people involved in developing the film were women and that 50 percent of her executive team were female."

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