Star Wars movies have been directed by only men so far, but Kathleen Kennedy implies the first franchise female movie director could be on its way.
J.J. Abrams. Ron Howard. Rian Johnson. Gareth Edwards.
What do they all have in common? They’re all men who have directed a Star Wars movie.
It’s a great accomplishment and we take our hats off to them. Some of the movies in the Disney era have been absolutely wonderful. Yet after all that – and even before The Rise of Skywalker – many people wondered when would Star Wars finally get a female director.
Perhaps it’s not that far off.
While at the BAFTA Awards, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy gave BBC News some insight on if a woman would ever direct a Star Wars feature film.
“Oh absolutely. Without question.”
Most recently in The Mandalorian, the Disney+ series, several different directors were featured in the eight-episode run, specifically Bryce Dallas Howard and Deborah Chow, who will also be directing the future Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
Kennedy was quick to make these points as well with BBC News. However, a female movie director could be some ways off.
Disney CEO Bob Iger said during the company’s most recent earnings call that it was focused on television in the near future. This doesn’t come as a surprise considering The Mandalorian Season 2, The Clone Wars Season 7, and the untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi and Cassian Andor series will all likely come out within the next two years.
Another movie isn’t planned for release until December 2022.
In the meantime, while we wait for a the first female movie director in franchise history, I’ll be binge watching The Mandalorian again.