Future Star Wars projects will have female directors, promises Lucasfilm president

Kathleen will bring in more female directors (Picture: Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy promised that the future of the Star Wars franchise will see more female directors.

While on the red carpet at the Baftas this year, she explained that the franchise has already some ‘fantastic’ women working for them.

When asked by BBC News whether they could see a female director in the future, Kathlee responded: ‘Oh absolutely, without question. We’ve already got [female directors].

‘We’re doing Mandalorian and we’ve got two or three fantastic women working with Star Wars, and we just brought in Deborah Chow, who’s doing the Obi-Wan [Kenobi] series. We’re cultivating a lot of great talent.’

All eleven of the movies have been directed by men, but it’s slowly starting to change.

Deborah directed Chapter 3: The Sin and Chapter 7: The Reckoning for the Disney+ series, and will be the sole director for the upcoming Ewan McGregor series.

Bryce Dallas Howard, actress and filmmaker, also directed The Mandalorian’s Chapter 4: Sanctuary.

The Mandalorian has been extremely popular (Picture: Disney Plus)
All Star Wars films were directed by men (Picture: Lucasfilm Ltd.)

At the same time, Victoria Mahoney became the first black female filmmaker to be part of any Star Wars film as The Rise of Skywalker’s second unit director.

The lack of female directors wasn’t the only issue the franchise came across.

In 2018, racist Star Wars trolls forced Kelly Marie Tran off social media and the actress said she might not ever turn back.

‘I felt like I wanted to write something that was honest, that truly came from me and I don’t know if I’ll ever go back,’ said the actress who appeared as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, becoming the franchise’s first Asian lead.

Her comments come after she wrote an op-ed in which she revealed that she didn’t remove her social media accounts because of the comments themselves, but because she started to believe them.

Writing for the New York Times, Kelly said: ‘Their words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of colour already taught me: that I belonged in margins and spaces, valid only as a minor character in their lives and stories.’

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