J.J. Abrams is aiming to change the fact that none of the “Star Wars” films have been directed by a woman so far — and he has Ava DuVernay in mind.
“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.”
We think that’s an excellent idea!
The force is strong with this one. xo https://t.co/FivfnY3Mud
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 9, 2015