Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” film franchise has had eight directors (Lucas, Kershner, Marquand, Abrams, Johnson, Edwards, Gilroy, Howard) who have worked on the films and four more (Lord, Miller, Trevorrow, Trank) who were appointed but left during development or production (six if you include Benioff & Weiss).
Twelve guys in all, and all white men. It wasn’t until last year’s “The Mandalorian” that the franchise finally scored some diversity at the helm with three directors of color and two women directing episodes. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told The BBC this weekend that things are going to change.
Speaking on the red carpet at the BAFTAs, which itself has been under fire for its lack of diversity in its nominations this year, Kennedy was asked when fans might see more female directors in the franchise. She said: “Oh, we already got ’em. We’re doing ‘The Mandalorian’ [and] we’ve got two or three fantastic women working with ‘Star Wars’…we’re cultivating a lot of great talent.”
She was then asked if fans will ever see a female director actually helm a feature film? “Oh, absolutely! Without question”. The upcoming series about Obi-Wan Kenobi will see Deborah Chow take the helm of its entire run with the plan to shoot that from January 2021. There’s still no word as to what is going to happen with the film series for now.