At last year’s Star Wars Celebration event in London, Lucasfilm announced it was creating a brand-new Star Wars film, which will see Daisy Ridley return as Rey and it’s set fifteen years after the events of “The Rise Of Skywalker” and sees Rey rebuilding the Jedi Order.
During the event, it was announced that Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy would be directing the upcoming film and would be the first person of colour and the first woman to direct a Star Wars film. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has previously directed the “Ms Marvel” Disney+ series and also won two Oscars for her short films.
Recently, the director spoke with CNN and said that it was “about time” a woman took the reigns of a Star Wars movie.
“I’m very thrilled about the project because I feel what we’re about to create is something very special. We’re in 2024 now, and it’s about time that we had a woman come forward to shape a story in a galaxy far, far away.”
The previous Star Wars movies were directed by George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand, J.J. Abrams, Gareth Edwards and Ron Howard. With the Star Wars universe expanding out into Disney+ shows, Ron Howard’s daughter, Bryce Howard Dallas, directed multiple episodes of “The Mandalorian” and Deborah Chow directed episodes of both “The Mandalorian” and “Obi-Wan Kenobi”. Jon Favreau, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, and Dave Filoni also directed episodes of the Disney+ shows.
Following the announcement of Sharmeen’s involvement in the project, she took to social media to share her excitement about working on the film:
I am so very excited to be directing the next Star Wars movie and bringing @daisyridley back to the galaxy…I have always been attracted to the heroes journey and the world definitely needs more heroes! – the blueprints of the heroes we see on screen are rooted in reality – I’ve spent my life meeting real life heroes, who have overcome the most oppressive empires and battled impossible odds and that to me is the heart of Star Wars…which is why I was attracted to the promise of a new Jedi Order …And why I’m particularly excited about being immersed inside a Jedi Academy with a powerful Jedi Master
Filming on the upcoming movie is due to begin soon, though no release date or details on the project have been revealed since last year’s Star Wars Celebration event.
Disney has had lots of success with its Star Wars Disney+ series, but is looking to take the franchise back to cinemas with mutliple movies in development.
While we wait for the new Star Wars films, you can check out the previous movies now on Disney+.
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