It’s Not Over Yet: A Woman Might Finally Direct a Star Wars Movie

Are you sitting? Breathing? Alive?

Sit, breathe, live. With news that will make hearts across the universe swell bigger than this guy’s …


And yes, that sentence absolutely did require bold all caps, heck, even some Ewok cheers.

As revealed by THR through an interview with the likely candidate, there’s already been a meeting with producer and Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, and things are looking good.

I guess she was watching with her daughter and then called people and was like, ‘Who’s this … person?’ She probably thought I was a guy because of my name. She’s amazing. We’re talking about adventure movies, and I’m not even remembering that she produced Goonies. Any movie that I put my finger on that I loved when I was growing up was a movie that she produced. Anyway, it was a great meeting.”

Of course, you’re wondering who this director is, and because I’m feeling especially dramatic today, I’d first like to give you a hint or two before telling you  …

She’s been acclaimed and recently awarded for her The Handmaid’s Tale episodes …

… and she also worked with Elisabeth Moss in her feature film directorial debut. She’s got a new movie premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — it stars Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning as companions after an apocalypse (I Think We’re Alone Now).

If you’ve not yet had that lightbulb moment, the first woman to direct a Star War is rumored to be the exceptionally talented, also cinematographer, and recent Emmy winner, Reed Morano (Meadowland, The Rhythm Section, Billions, Halt and Catch Fire).

Samira Wiley and Reed Morano

Of her multi-hour meeting with Kennedy, Morano kept mum, but the implications are huge.

Obviously, I can’t say anything about what else we were talking about.”

And, clearly the director has been thinking about just how women involved in space battles are portrayed.

Whenever a woman wields a gun in a film, it ends up looking like they’re trying to be sexy rather than they actually know what they’re doing. I hate to be a dick, but I kind of think it’s because men are directing those films.”

No, not you, Leia!

This is the Star Wars news we’ve been waiting for so very long, and aside from hearing that Billie Lourd will play Leia in a standalone movie, it’s about the best we could wish for. HEY KATHLEEN KENNEDY, CAN REED MORANO DIRECT THE LEIA STANDALONE MOVIE???

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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