Rian Johnson Wants To Make The Star Wars Franchise More Diverse With Its Directors


The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson now supports calls for many more diverse directors in the Star Wars franchise. Johnson is set to develop a new trilogy of Star Wars movies that are unrelated to this current one. Star Wars IX will go into production, and J.J. Abrams will return and direct.

So, when will a woman and/or person of color finally tackle a Star Wars movie?

Diversity did not really concern George Lucas when he had produced Star Wars in 1977. The franchise had taken a step forward with The Empire Strikes Back when Billy Dee Williams had played the role of Lando Calrissian. On 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, its cast diversity became a huge selling-point. The movie had featured Daisy Ridley, John Boyega (a black character) and Lupita Nyong’o. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is much more diverse and has Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio Del Toro playing crucial roles.

Speaking to Yahoo! Movies UK at a press conference, Rian Johnson said:

“Hell yes, it’s time! There are so many incredibly talented female directors, directors of color out there. And so many I would love to see play in this universe. Yes please, I would love it to happen.”

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Among the many female directors who may finally tackle Star Wars, Patty Jenkins and Ava DuVernay are the ones whose names have been brought into life. The Wonder Woman director, Jenkins seemed pretty lukewarm on the prospect of helming a Star Wars movie. Ava DuVernay has gone on record and said she will direct a Star Wars movie. DuVernay has worked under Disney and directed A Wrinkle in Time for this studio. J.J. Abrams had endorsed DuVernay for directing a Star Wars movie in 2015.

The Disney/Marvel stable has many black director in Black Panther‘s Ryan Coogler. If the Black Panther movie succeeds, Coogler will shoot to the top of the list. Jordan Peele will get the attention after his success of Get Out.

Before a woman or POC lands at directing a Star Wars movie, Disney and Lucasfilm have to decide and plan the future slate. Solo: A Star Wars Story is set, but things are still murky. Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Jabba the Hutt spin-off movies have been rumored, but nothing seems to be in stone.

After Johnson was had been given a check to develop his own trilogy, maybe we will see someone like Ava DuVernay or Ryan Coogler get to dream and create their own story in the galaxy far, far away.