There hasn’t been a Star Wars film that has been directed by a woman. And The Force Awakens director, J.J. Abrams has one woman in mind.
In an interview with Nerdist’s Dan Casey, Abrams said Selma director Ava DuVernay would be his choice for a female director/writer to helm one of the franchise’s movies.
“The knee-jerk reaction, if I had to, is Ava DuVernay, who I think would just kill it,” Abrams said when asked what female director/writer he’d pick.
Abrams also spoke about DuVernay’s work on Selma and her knowledge of genre movies.
“She is as much a fan of genre movies, and hearing her talk not just Star Wars, but hearing her talk about those kinds of films is evidence that she would just kill it,” he continued. “When you 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, if she can do that story that well, there’s no question she would kill this movie.”
So what does DuVernay think about all of this? Well her tweet says it all:
The force is strong with this one. xo https://t.co/FivfnY3Mud
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) December 9, 2015