If there's any justice at all in this cold and unusual world, then Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams' recent declaration to Nerdist will promptly set off a chain of events that victoriously results in a already-know-it's-great Star Wars film directed by Ava DuVernay. When discussing the glaring lack ("lack" as in zero) of women to have ever sat in the Star Wars director's chair, Abrams echoed the recent sentiments of LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy before revealing his go-to pick to break that cycle:
[Ava DuVernay] is as much a fan of genre movies, and hearing her talk about not just Star Wars but 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.
Excellent choice, J.J. During a recent interview with the Guardian, Kennedy said "there’s nothing we’d like more than to find a female director for Star Wars," a long overdue addition to the universe that finally seems to be slowly but surely becoming a reality.
In related news, let's please make #DuVernay4StarWars a thing.