Director J.J. Abrams is making the press tour rounds to promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Nerdist asked for him to put forward a female director he’d like to see tackle the universe. We recently learned that Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy is meeting with a selected group of female screenwriters and directors for future Star Wars films, and Abrams mentions Selma‘s Ava DuVernay as who he’d like to see, here’s why.
“The knee-jerk reaction, if I had to [choose], is Ava DuVernay, who I think would just kill it..She is as much a fan of genre movies, and hearing her talk about not just ‘Star Wars,’ but… those kind of films is evidence she would just kill it… Look at her work in ‘Selma,’ which was as well told and as sophisticated and humane a film as I think has come out in the last decade. I mean, she is someone — if she can do that story that well — there’s no question she’d kill this movie.”
You might remember that DuVernay was courted but turned down the chance to work on Marvel’s Black Panther, leading to Creed’s Ryan Coogler eventually now being in talks to take the gig.
Let’s just remember that Abrams doesn’t hire people at Lucasfilm, so it just means he supports her as a candidate.