The Star Wars franchise continues to expand its content across the galaxy far, far away, and will now expand its representativeness: so far, all films have been directed by white men, but who is behind the camera in the production of episode IX alongside JJ Abrams is a black woman, Victoria Mahoney, a pioneer in the Star Wars universe.
Ava DuVernay, from A Fold in Time (2018), revealed the news:
“Happy to share this historical news. A black woman directing stories in a very distant galaxy. Director of the first unit JJ Abrams Director of the second unit, Victoria Mahoney.”
Interestingly, Ava DuVernay really put Victoria Mahoney on Disney’s radar. Mahoney thanks:
“Thank you Ava DuVernay for putting my name on the Star Wars / LucasFilm hat. Thank you JJ Abrams for inviting me on his fierce ride. This one is for the isolates who dream big in small corners of the Earth.
Ava DuVernay’s role in helping Victoria Mahoney get hired for Episode IX is particularly powerful, considering how many barriers DuVernay broke down herself. She made history for the first time thinking about her work in Selma, being the first black director to be nominated for a Golden Globe, as well as the first black director to have a film nominated for the Oscar for Best Film. She also became the first black woman to direct a live-action film with a budget exceeding $ 100 million.
Star Wars IX will arrive in December 2019.