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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

'Star Wars' Has a Black Female Director Now

Sometimes, just sometimes, we get announcements about new Star Wars filmmakers that are actually exciting, progressive, and historic. (By sometimes, I mean this is pretty much the first time.) Today Ava DuVernay shared on Twitter that the second unit director for Episode IX will be Victoria Mahoney, making her the first black woman (and the first woman, period) to direct a Star Wars story.
Mahoney has previously directed the indie film Yelling to the Sky and episodes of TV shows like Grey's Anatomy, American Crime, Seven Seconds, and others. She confirmed this news on her own Twitter, thanking DuVernay for connecting her to Lucasfilm and JJ Abrams for inviting her to join his film. 
Though Mahoney's position will be secondary to JJ Abrams, this is still a big step forward for women, people of color, and especially women of color joining the Lucasfilm family in the future. Sooner or later they'll be directing Star Wars movies of their own.

What do you think of this announcement? What other up-and-coming directors do you hope join Star Wars projects in the future? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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