During an interview with HollywoodReporter, Handmaid’s Tales director Reed Morano revealed meeting with Lucasfilm’s Kathy Kennedy about a potential future Star Wars project. Reed is currently filming the Blake Lively thriller The Rhythm Section from Bond producer Barbara Brocolli.
Currently shooting Paramount’s La Femme Nikita-esque The Rhythm Section with Blake Lively in the lead and Barbara Broccoli producing, Morano wasn’t able to squeeze directing on the second season of Handmaid’s Tale into her schedule, but her acclaimed work on the Hulu drama led to a meeting with Star Wars gatekeeper Kathleen Kennedy about, um, something.
“I guess she was watching with her daughter and then called people and was like, ‘Who’s this Reed person?’ She probably thought I was a guy because of my name,” says Morano of her two-and-a-half-hour sit-down with the Lucasfilm president. “She’s amazing. We’re talking about adventure movies, and I’m not even remembering that she produced Goonies. Any movie that I put my finger on that I loved when I was growing up was a movie that she produced. Anyway, it was a great meeting. Obviously, I can’t say anything about what else we were talking about.”
It sounds like Reed is part of the wave of talented female directors that have been recruited for pitch meetings over the last two years which included many others such as Jessica Jones/Defenders director SJ Clarkson.
From what I understand Kathy Kennedy has been searching for female directors with pitch ideas for something new within the Star Wars universe, not focusing on an established character. Think Rogue One or Rian Johnson’s new trilogy.