J.J. Abrams Wants Ava DuVernay to Direct a ‘Star Wars’ Movie

Ava DuVernay Star Wars
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J.J. Abrams wants to change the fact that none of the “Star Wars” films have been directed by a woman so far.

“The Force Awakens” helmer said he would want to see Ava DuVernay lead one of the franchise films.

“The knee-jerk reaction, if I had to, is Ava DuVernay, who I think would just kill it,” Abrams said in an interview with Nerdist‘s Dan Casey when asked which female writer/director he would choose to tackle the franchise.

“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. 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.”

DuVernay responded to Abrams’ comments Wednesday on Twitter, writing “The force is strong with this one.”

While Abrams might think the “Selma” director would be a good fit for an upcoming “Star Wars” project, DuVernay recently turned down the chance to direct another big blockbuster, “Black Panther,” which is slated to debut in November 2017. “Creed” director Ryan Coogler in now in talks to take the helm.

DuVernay is in hot demand. The Ava DuVernay Barbie Doll, which includes a director’s chair, sold out hours after hitting the market on Monday, according to NBC News.

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  1. OldUncleTomJackson says:

    You get a Star Wars Movie and You get a Star Wars movie, and YOU get a Star Wars Movie! EVERYONE GETS A STAR WARS MOVIE!!!!

  2. CelluloidFan35mm says:

    I don’t know if it’s me but it seems that Duvernay is just getting by on an highly overrated, inaccurate and below average movie while playing the race/gender card in the process and if her work on Selma is any indication, that movie would suck. Her skills on Selma does not scream genre film to me unless she jams in politics and preaching instead of entertaining the public and really, who cares?
    These new Star Wars movies are basically easy cash grabs now which Disney will run even further into the ground than Lucas. BTW, we should apologise to him for that because Disney will do more damage than he ever did and that fact will not change no matter who directs the new movies because I doubt they’re looking for actual visionaries to direct these, just any enabler or popular name-out-of-a-hat director will do.

  3. Leon says:

    Argh autocorrect is killing me here.


  4. Leon says:

    Damn you auto correct. Dailey Ridley is the jar jar binks of the new series. She is the cancer and will kill off the entire series. All the video games and ads and toys are advertised to men. Why the hell would they put some girl to lead Star Wars. It should be John boyega as the lead. Not some white chick hunger games style BS. This is not good. Star Wars is ruined.

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