Most of us know that J.J. Abrams is a smart man. Whether you love or hate lens flares, there is no denying his passion as a creative force: rebooting the Star Trek film franchise, creating hit genre shows like Alias, LOST, and Fringe, plus directing that little sequel set in a galaxy far, far, away, about to hit theaters in a week.
But just when I thought you I couldn’t like him more, he sat down with Yahoo Movies to talk about Kathleen Kennedy and Disney’s plan to find a female director to helm a future Star Wars movie. When asked who he’d like to see take on the formidable job, he replied:
“One name that immediately comes to mind is Ava DuVernay, who I thought did just a mind-blowingly great job with Selma,”
Yeah, that would be all kinds of perfect.
Hollywood has, rightfully, been called out in regards to its treatment of women by a number of recent publications and online sites, including Vulture’s 100 Woman Directors Hollywood Should be Hiring and Jennifer Lawrence’s Lenny Letter.
While many still refuse to believe or acknowledge the issue of sexism in Hollywood, others are taking a stand and doing their part to make sure that female voices are heard in the industry, particularly from the director’s chair. One such voice is definitely DuVernay, though she’s already been using it quite a bit this last year (follow her on twitter at @AVAETC) as she’s championed many minority causes in a powerful, but positive, manner.
Not only that, she directed one of last year’s most critically acclaimed films, Selma, and was circling Marvel’s Black Panther movie, set to be released in early 2018. Though she parted ways with Marvel over creative differences for the Chadwick Boseman comic book movie, she clearly has interest in directing a big budget, genre film for a major studio, like Disney (to counteract those who argue that female directors “don’t want to direct blockbusters”…). Add to that DuVernay’s history working in promotion for a number of high profile, big budget blockbusters, as well as her twitter campaign #CelebrateStarWarsVII in answer to a wave of racism aimed at John Boyega’s starring role in The Force Awakens, DuVernay clearly has the know-how, drive, and passion to take on a project like Star Wars.
Abrams went on to say about DuVernay,
“She’s my knee jerk reaction because she loves the world so much, loves the genre, and she’s such a talented story teller.”
Right on point, Abrams. Thanks to prominent voices like his, along with Kathleen Kennedy, Jennifer Lawrence, and others, real change can be enacted in the industry and the proof will be in the product. So many naysayers claim female directors can’t handle big budget films, but if no-one is given the chance, how can we know that? If Disney and DuVernay can come to an agreement, history could be made…and we might just get the best Star Wars movie yet out of the deal!
Though the next five films set in the Star Wars Universe have directors already attached; Gareth Edwards (Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One), Rian Johnson (Episode VIII), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (an unnamed Star Wars Anthology film about a young Han Solo), and Colin Trevorrow (Episode IX), it seems more than likely that, at the very least, more Anthology films are coming and DuVernay could line up for one of those (perhaps starring a red headed bad-ass modeled after Mara Jade from Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire Novel!? A girl can dream!).
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