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

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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.