Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Star Wars Episode IX Has Hired A Female Director

Victoria Mahoney Named 2nd Unit Director For JJ Abrams 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Ava DuVernay celebrates Victoria Mahoney's 'historic' directing role on Star Wars: Episode IX
Herman Weaver | 22 April, 2018, 06:40

While the ever-expanding movie franchise has been taken to task plenty of times for its repeated hiring of exactly one type of filmmaker - white males, including recent turns from Ron Howard and Rian Johnson - "The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams is bringing someone brand new into the fold: filmmaker Victoria Mahoney. Hardly the sort of film that suggests Mahoney would be ripe for a Star Wars job, and she doesn't seem to be the sort of diehard geek fan that would align her with her new first-unit boss J.J. Abrams. Although DuVernay isn't attached to direct any of Lucasfilm's forthcoming Star Wars projects (instead she has DC's New Gods movie on the horizon), she did praise Abrams this week for hiring Victoria Mahoney to be his second unit director on Star Wars: Episode XI. Mahoney has historically championed more women and persons of color represented in front of and behind the Star Wars lens, once even suggesting people call Kathleen Kennedy to tell her to get Gina Prince-Bythewood a job directing one of the episodes.

Mahoney then added: "Catt's outta the bag".

Abrams is now in pre-production on the film, and Mahoney will step into a role that requires a close attention to detail, mostly dedicated to shooting essential pieces like establishing shots, stunts, inserts, and cutaways. She's served as director for episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Power and DuVernay's Queen Sugar. With A Wrinkle In Time she became the first African-American woman to direct a live-action film with a budget exceeding $100 million.

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Mahoney followed up Duvernay's tweet by thanking her for putting her name in the running.

Mahoney later shared on to Twiiter that DuVernay had aided her in securing the position.

Abrams is now preparing Episode 9 for a summer production start, beginning casting for several new roles. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

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