Kennedy: Lucasfilm Hiring Female Filmmakers is a ‘Priority’

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Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy had a lot to say about the Star Wars franchise during an interview with The Wrap, including suggesting that it should ‘step back’. She also insisted that for Lucasfilm hiring female filmmakers will be a priority moving forward.

We’ve heard this from the Lucasfilm president before, and certain Star Wars projects have indeed had a female director. However, Hollywood is paying close attention and the fact that all five of the Disney Star Wars movies have had white male directors, which remains a cause for concern to some.

Kathleen Kennedy says Lucasfilm hiring female filmmakers to become ‘absolute priority’

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During the interview, Kennedy reflected on both the history and future of the franchise, praising The Mandalorian director Deborah Chow, the female filmmaker who will also helm the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series.

It’s [hiring female filmmakers] absolutely a priority. It’s been very exciting to see the talent that’s come … And we’re now developing the limited Obi-Wan Kenobi series with Deborah Chow, and she’s just been doing a phenomenal job’.

Chow has been instrumental in the success of the franchise‘s move to television, directing episodes of the series alongside heavyweight Disney alumni like Taika Waititi and Jon Favreau.

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Nia DaCosta attends the 11th Annual AAFCA Awards at the Taglyan Complex on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark Von Holden /Invision/AP)

Kennedy also told The Wrap she was disappointed that Marvel snapped up horror film Candyman director Nia DaCosta for Captain Marvel 2;

“I was actually sad because I love Nia DaCosta, who was just announced to do Captain Marvel … She’s another director I’ve been watching, and I think she’s enormously talented. Certainly, the kind of television that’s being made now is going to give many people an opportunity to direct more and be more involved with shows that have special effects and extended production values. It really gives people an opportunity to move into big technical movies. That’s exciting. I think we can develop a lot of new talent and it’s about time.”

As of August 2020, there has never been a female Star Wars director behind a film, or a director of color, though the latter will change in 2023 when we get the highly-anticipated Taika Waititi led Star Wars movie.

The Force Awakens and Rise of Skywalker were directed by JJ Abrams, The Last Jedi by Rian Johnson, Solo: A Star Wars Story by Ron Howard, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Gareth Edwards.

Waititi’s Star Wars film will also be co-written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns and Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland is also directing a female-centric Star Wars project.

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