While women have always played a major role in the Star Wars films, one major criticism the franchise has faced is that there aren’t enough females behind the camera. According to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy though, that’s about to change.
In a recent interview with The Wrap Kennedy expressed a strong desire to explore the galaxy far, far away from a female perspective. In the interview she says, “It’s absolutely a priority. It’s been very exciting to see the talent that’s come in.” She goes on to praise the work Deborah Chow has done on The Mandalorian, as well as the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
But in the process of praising Chow, Kennedy also leaked something that fans were totally unaware of. “We’re now developing the limited Obi-Wan Kenobi series with Deborah Chow,” Kennedy said, announcing that the Kenobi show will apparently be a one-off series with no additional seasons.
“She’s just been doing a phenomenal job,” she continues, before mentioning how Chow has been working as much as she can on the project despite complications caused by COVID-19.
Throughout the interview, Kennedy uses Chow as an example of the power and importance that female influence has had on the fandom. Along with Chow, the only female to direct a Star Wars project in any capacity is Victoria Mahoney, who was the second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker. Chow, has only directed a handful of episodes of The Mandalorian, but is expected to direct each episode of the Kenobi series.
In the interview Kennedy also expressed her interest in indie director Nia DaCosta who, ahead of the release of her Candyman sequel, was just announced as the director of the next Captain Marvel film. Hoping to recruit her for a Star Wars project, she said she was, “actually sad,” when news broke of her getting the MCU gig. “She’s another director I’ve been watching, and I think she’s enormously talented,” Kennedy continued.
As Kennedy continues to keep her eye out for more talent though, it should be noted that there are still several other projects currently in development with women at the reigns. These projects include Taika Waititi’s untitled Star Wars film, which he’s co-writing with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917, Edgar Wright’s upcoming Last Night in Soho), and another mysterious Disney+ series from Leslye Headland (co-creator of Netflix’s Russian Doll). The latter of which is reported to be entirely female-centric.
With an array of fresh and exciting voices at the helm, the future of the franchise is undeniably something to be excited about, yet fans don’t have to wait much longer for new content. The highly anticipated second season of The Mandalorian is due to hit Disney+ in October.
Source: The Wrap