A report from The Los Angeles Times (via ThePlaylist) suggests that Lucasfilm is meeting with a bunch of female writers and directors for upcoming Star Wars projects. An agent that represents directors such as Suffragette‘s Sarah Gavron and Jessica Jones‘ S.J. Clarkson (Dexter, Life of On Mars, Orange is The New Black) has wrangled meetings for their clients, both directors hinted to here could have potential to make the leap to the Star Wars universe.
The two being British directors make a lot of sense since the productions are generally located in England at Pinewood Studios UK. It’s speculated but not confirmed they could be some of the directors in the mix, but it’s curious they would be named if not it was believed they could be apart of these meetings.
There is also chatter from Meet The Movie Press that former Wonder Woman director Michelle MacLaren (Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad) might be looked at as well. Someone, I thought would be on Marvel’s radar as a top candidate to helm Captain Marvel.
Besides MacLaren, I believe that Clarkson has a huge shot here, due to her work on Jessica Jones, Life on Mars, Dexter and Orange Is The New Black.
The meetings are likely taking place because of the comments made by Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy a while back concerning a lack of serious interest from female directors for new Star Wars films.
“I had not had one single phone call from a woman telling me that she really, really wants to direct a ‘Star Wars’ movie. They need to be the ones picking up the phone and saying, ‘Hey, let me tell you what ‘Star Wars’ means to me and how much I could do with it.'”