Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is breaking new history for future filmmakers with her upcoming Rey Skywalker movie. She will be not only the first woman to direct a Star Wars film but also the first person of color. This is a significant milestone for the franchise and one the director recently shared her excitement about.
"I’m very thrilled about the project because I feel what we’re about to create is something very special. We’re in 2024 now, and it’s about time that we had a woman come forward to shape a story in a galaxy far, far away."
The upcoming Rey Skywalker movie is in good hands. Obaid-Chinoy is a two-time Academy Award-winning director who has proven her storytelling skills. While the film hasn’t gone into production yet, we do know the concept of the story.
It was announced at Star Wars Celebration 2023, alongside Dave Filoni’s Avengers-like film and James Mangold’s Dawn of the Jedi movie, that Obaid-Chinoy would direct the Rey Skywalker movie. Set 15 years after the events of The Rise of Skywalker, the film is focused on Rey rebuilding the Jedi Order.
Last year, Daisy Ridley shared her own enthusiasm around the project, saying the movie was “not what I expected, but I’m very excited.” At the time, Ridley didn’t have the script for the project but she did know the story. She stated:
"I know the storyline for one film. That’s not to say that that’s all it is, but that’s what I was told about. And I imagine it will be the next film, I think. I mean, again, I don’t know, post strikes and everything, how quickly everything will start up again. But yes, so far, I know the story of one film and I think people will be very excited."
It’s exciting to have multiple Star Wars films on the horizon, including Shawn Levy and Taika Waititi’s movies. Don't forget about Donald Glover's Lando series turned film. There's no shortage of Star Wars content with the Disney+ series, video games, books, and comics. It’s a great time to be a fan.