J.J. Abrams wants the next Star Wars movie to be directed by a lady director, preferably, Ava DuVernay.
Why is it that big budget movies like “Star Wars” are never directed by lady directors? As Women’s Equality in Show Business becomes more and more of a cause celebre, more people have begun to talk about ladies in show business getting paid the same salaries as the men and indeed taking up the kind of jobs that the men get in Hollywood.
The latest to join the “women’s equality” brigade is J.J. Abrams, the man directing the new sequel in the Star Wars series. Abrams recently told the Nerdist’s Dan Casey, that he wanted to change the fact that none of the “Star Wars” films have been directed by a woman so far. His personal choice for a director? Ava DuVerney.
Abrams told Dan, “The knee-jerk reaction, if I had to, is Ava DuVernay, who I think would just kill it,” and it is obvious that DuVerney would be a wise choice. She has told many gritty tales with passion and conviction and would obviously bring a fresh perspective on the “Star Wars.”
Abrams added, “She is as much a fan of genre movies, and hearing her talk about not just ‘Star Wars,’ but hearing her talk about those kinds of films is evidence that she would just kill it.”
The “Star Wars” director said that he just had to look at her work in ‘Selma,’ which struck him as a well-told, sophisticated, and humane film, to feel confident that she would be able to helm a directing venture like “Star Wars.” He thought it was the most humane film to come out last decade.
“If she can do that story that well, there’s no question she would kill this movie,” Abrams concluded.
Variety reports that Ava Du Vernay was flattered by the idea and promptly wrote her thanks over Twitter.
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