Any conversation about female directors in Hollywood right now would be incomplete without Ava DuVernay. The filmmaker did a fantastic job on the Martin Luther King biopic Selma (read our review here (opens in new tab)), and we're not the only ones who thought so.
Speaking to Nerdist (opens in new tab) ahead of the impending release of The Force Awakens, director JJ Abrams weighed in on who he'd like to see take the reins of a future Star Wars movie: "The knee-jerk reaction, if I had to, 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 hearing her talk about those kinds of films is evidence that she would just kill it," Abrams 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."
For her part, DuVernay responded to Abrams' comments on Twitter with a familiar Star Wars idiom...
The force is strong with this one. xo https://t.co/FivfnY3MudDecember 9, 2015
The big question mark here is less about DuVernay's ability than it is about the studio machine. It's well known that DuVernay recently turned down an opportunity to direct Marvel's Black Panther because "it really wasn’t going to be an Ava DuVernay film (opens in new tab)". It's likely that the Star Wars franchise would have similar constraints, but if they were able to come to an agreement it would be a win for all parties.
Directed by Abrams and starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in UK cinemas on December 17, 2015 before opening in US theatres a day later.