Star Wars report: J.D. Dillard and Matt Owens attached to new project

While there aren’t much details, there’s a new report that two new faces have been attached to a Star Wars project.

There was that rumor a couple of month ago we would get more information on the next Star Wars movie in January. It didn’t happen.

February is almost done – and we still have nothing. But there was a bit of news that popped up on Friday evening.

Director J.D. Dillard (Sleight) and writer Matt Owens (Luke Cage) are apparently working on a Star Wars project, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting.

That’s actually all the news. It’s unclear whether it’s for a movie or a Disney+ TV project. There are no characters or timeline details. Just that these two are attached to a new Star Wars project.

This is still significant news. If Dillard is working on a movie, it would mark him as the first non-white male to direct a Star Wars movie. It’s a big deal because while the representation in front of the camera has gotten better, behind the camera hasn’t changed in some of the bigger roles.

If Dillard is working on a Disney+ series, it’s still significant. The only live-action series to hit the streaming service has been The Mandalorian. Creator and executive producer Jon Favreau oversaw the hit show with a number of different people directing episodes including Dave Filoni, Deborah Chow, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Dillard has directed feature films, shorts, as well as TV shows adding Utopia to his resume in 2019.

Matt Owens has written for Luke Cage and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He’s no stranger to big franchises, but it is notable many of his credits are for the small screen. He is also currently executive producing One Piece, a live-action telling of the manga series.

It’s not still much news, but at least there are new faces we can add to Star Wars. Hopefully, this exclusive doesn’t go by the way of the Matt Smith news that never happened.

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