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J.J. Abrams says Selma director Ava DuVernay should helm a Star Wars movie

12.11.2015

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Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams have both said they'd like to see a female filmmaker helm a future Star Wars flicks, and during a conversation with Yahoo! Movies, Abrams said his top pick is SELMA director Ava DuVernay.

One name that immediately comes to mind is Ava DuVernay, who I thought did just a mind-blowingly great job with Selma. And getting to know her a little since that movie… she is such a fan of genre films and storytelling.

Abrams went on to say there are other woman directors that would also do a good job, but DuVernay is his "knee-jerk reaction, because she loves the world so much and loves this genre and is such a talented storyteller. So if I had a say in this, which I don’t, I’d give her whatever she wants.”

Although I'd be fine with DuVernay directing one of the upcoming movies, I'm not sure if she'd be interested in tackling a big-budget studio project like Star Wars, especially since she passed on helming Marvel's BLACK PANTHER earlier this year. Who do you think should be the first female Star Wars director?

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4:04PM on 12/12/2015
I'd prefer a dramatic director over an action director to helm Star Wars over someone like JJ, period. Y'know...space opera...good story with action to keep it flowing. Selma was a good example of this, fuck cares what color or gender the director is. Not like JJ said "I think she'd be a good fit for a Lando movie".
I'd prefer a dramatic director over an action director to helm Star Wars over someone like JJ, period. Y'know...space opera...good story with action to keep it flowing. Selma was a good example of this, fuck cares what color or gender the director is. Not like JJ said "I think she'd be a good fit for a Lando movie".
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12:55PM on 12/12/2015
Sad fucking statement of the world when all some people see is that a person is black and female and assume that's why they get work. Sad, sad, sad... Personally I'm of the view if they're right for the job (and no one knows here what direction or tone Disney is looking for on future Star Wars movies) then they should get the job. Period. God forbid a black woman has a great vision and is qualified to direct a Star Wars film. Would anyone have thought Nolan could do a movie with action and
Sad fucking statement of the world when all some people see is that a person is black and female and assume that's why they get work. Sad, sad, sad... Personally I'm of the view if they're right for the job (and no one knows here what direction or tone Disney is looking for on future Star Wars movies) then they should get the job. Period. God forbid a black woman has a great vision and is qualified to direct a Star Wars film. Would anyone have thought Nolan could do a movie with action and special effects sequences after what he had done to date? Not at all: white, male, English, not a comic fan? Perfect fit.
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1:44PM on 12/12/2015
Downvoted by mistake. Completely agree, mate.
Downvoted by mistake. Completely agree, mate.
11:10AM on 12/15/2015
Because of out of control pc and affirmative action being enforced over actual experience and merit. Selma was average not great. The Ray Charles flic Ray was amazing so was Hotel Rwanda.
Because of out of control pc and affirmative action being enforced over actual experience and merit. Selma was average not great. The Ray Charles flic Ray was amazing so was Hotel Rwanda.
12:49AM on 12/12/2015
Once I see episode VII, I'll know if his comments carry any weight.
Once I see episode VII, I'll know if his comments carry any weight.
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7:47PM on 12/11/2015

Ummm...

He didn't mention anything about her being black or being a woman. He only spoke of her talent. Also, Colin Trevorrow only directed a low budget indy before Jurassic World (which was pretty lousy, in my opinion) and now he's directing Ep IX.
He didn't mention anything about her being black or being a woman. He only spoke of her talent. Also, Colin Trevorrow only directed a low budget indy before Jurassic World (which was pretty lousy, in my opinion) and now he's directing Ep IX.
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8:06PM on 12/11/2015
spot on, mate... some people still just aren't getting it I'm afraid... take heart, though, things are slowly changing for the better...
spot on, mate... some people still just aren't getting it I'm afraid... take heart, though, things are slowly changing for the better...
12:58PM on 12/12/2015
JarrodPace I wish I could up vote your reply. I hope you're right. Things like this really make me very afraid for the world and the state of race relations and sorry especially in the US. It's like the civil rights movement never happened. At least that's this outsider's perspective.
JarrodPace I wish I could up vote your reply. I hope you're right. Things like this really make me very afraid for the world and the state of race relations and sorry especially in the US. It's like the civil rights movement never happened. At least that's this outsider's perspective.
11:14AM on 12/15/2015
@Kevyn Sadly the blacks at large brought on this themselves they are 12% of the us population but commit 52% of all violent crime and 92% of interacial crime is indeed black on white crime. Check these stats at department of justice for proof. Compound that with the anti-education and anti-law culture and well...
@Kevyn Sadly the blacks at large brought on this themselves they are 12% of the us population but commit 52% of all violent crime and 92% of interacial crime is indeed black on white crime. Check these stats at department of justice for proof. Compound that with the anti-education and anti-law culture and well...
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6:26PM on 12/11/2015
I haven't seen Selma yet, but from what I assume it is, I'm not sure why someone would think she's competent doing a HUUUUUGE blockbuster with lots of cgi and sword fights and even the practical effects. It has nothing to do with her skin or gender, I would just assume she doesn't know a lot about that stuff.

You really like her drama? Bring her on your film and serve as her master...I mean mentor. If drama is her strength, take her input on that aspect of the film and utilize it while
I haven't seen Selma yet, but from what I assume it is, I'm not sure why someone would think she's competent doing a HUUUUUGE blockbuster with lots of cgi and sword fights and even the practical effects. It has nothing to do with her skin or gender, I would just assume she doesn't know a lot about that stuff.

You really like her drama? Bring her on your film and serve as her master...I mean mentor. If drama is her strength, take her input on that aspect of the film and utilize it while teaching her all the stuff about big budget sci fi movies. Without that knowledge, it seems pretty irresponsible to push someone into a big budget film like this.

And if I was asked about a female director for Star Wars my first thought would be Zero Dark Thirty director. My second thought would be "can she direct with her brother? If so, the Matrix kids."
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12:45PM on 12/12/2015
serve as her master...I mean mentor

Not funny dude.
serve as her master...I mean mentor

Not funny dude.
8:32PM on 12/13/2015
that's fair. it's certainly not the funniest joke in the world, and we could completely differ on what we find funny, but hopefully by the real opinion I stated, you at least understand that it's satire

sat·ire
ˈsaˌtī(ə)r/
noun
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

now was my execution of satire funny? that is totally up to you.
that's fair. it's certainly not the funniest joke in the world, and we could completely differ on what we find funny, but hopefully by the real opinion I stated, you at least understand that it's satire

sat·ire
ˈsaˌtī(ə)r/
noun
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

now was my execution of satire funny? that is totally up to you.
11:15AM on 12/15/2015
Kevyn is a pc sjw he has no sense of humor.
Kevyn is a pc sjw he has no sense of humor.
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6:13PM on 12/11/2015
I guess she'd have to direct the Lando prequel? Maybe they'll give Lupita's character a feature, but since she's cgi, I think that would disqualify this director.
I guess she'd have to direct the Lando prequel? Maybe they'll give Lupita's character a feature, but since she's cgi, I think that would disqualify this director.
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4:21PM on 12/11/2015

Because she's a black woman...

... and because of the style of movies she's made in the past, I think she'd bring an interesting angle to Star Wars. If they are going to experiment a bit and not just make straightforward action flicks, then sure. Give her a shot.
... and because of the style of movies she's made in the past, I think she'd bring an interesting angle to Star Wars. If they are going to experiment a bit and not just make straightforward action flicks, then sure. Give her a shot.
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2:10PM on 12/11/2015
Cool and all but only if the person be they male, female, trans ect...have the skills, experience and vision to do it justice not just based merely on race or gender. Enough with this pc bs culture!
Cool and all but only if the person be they male, female, trans ect...have the skills, experience and vision to do it justice not just based merely on race or gender. Enough with this pc bs culture!
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7:48PM on 12/11/2015
But where did he say it was because she was black or a woman? Maybe you're seeing something that isn't there.
But where did he say it was because she was black or a woman? Maybe you're seeing something that isn't there.
11:05AM on 12/15/2015
Pull your head out of the sand and grow two things balls and a brain.
Pull your head out of the sand and grow two things balls and a brain.
12:00PM on 12/11/2015
I would take Ava over Josh Trank in a heartbeat.
I would take Ava over Josh Trank in a heartbeat.
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2:11PM on 12/11/2015
I'd take uwel bol over josh trank!
I'd take uwel bol over josh trank!
9:45AM on 12/12/2015
I'd take Josh Trank over Uwe Boll in a heartbeat. Trust me, you do NOT want Uwe Boll.
I'd take Josh Trank over Uwe Boll in a heartbeat. Trust me, you do NOT want Uwe Boll.
11:53AM on 12/11/2015
There aren't going to be JUST three more Star Wars films. Already we've got spin-offs in the works.

And would people be any more willing to give Ava DuVernay a chance if she wasn't most famous for directing a movie about MLK that became a big controversy when she and David Oyelowo WEREN'T nominated for Oscars? This shouldn't be about filling a PC quota, but that she's actually a promising director who just happens to be a black female.
There aren't going to be JUST three more Star Wars films. Already we've got spin-offs in the works.

And would people be any more willing to give Ava DuVernay a chance if she wasn't most famous for directing a movie about MLK that became a big controversy when she and David Oyelowo WEREN'T nominated for Oscars? This shouldn't be about filling a PC quota, but that she's actually a promising director who just happens to be a black female.
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2:18PM on 12/11/2015
I found Selma to be more than a bit mythologized and dull myself. If it was as good a the Ray Charles film Ray I would lobby for her to do a starwars film.
I found Selma to be more than a bit mythologized and dull myself. If it was as good a the Ray Charles film Ray I would lobby for her to do a starwars film.
10:58AM on 12/11/2015
Yup she's a black woman she must be able to direct everything and is the best director ever. Come on. Also, Selma was a phenomenal film.
Yup she's a black woman she must be able to direct everything and is the best director ever. Come on. Also, Selma was a phenomenal film.
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7:50PM on 12/11/2015
He didn't make an issue of her being black or a woman. But you have. Says much about you.
He didn't make an issue of her being black or a woman. But you have. Says much about you.
10:24AM on 12/11/2015
It might be a good idea for a woman to direct a Star Wars film. Ava is apparently very good with story and direction. Selma was really well done. Star Wars could use some good dramatic scenes.
It might be a good idea for a woman to direct a Star Wars film. Ava is apparently very good with story and direction. Selma was really well done. Star Wars could use some good dramatic scenes.
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10:17AM on 12/11/2015
Why? Because she is black? I'm really tired of all this PC bullshit.
Why? Because she is black? I'm really tired of all this PC bullshit.
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11:01AM on 12/11/2015
Oh noes! How dare J.J. Abrams think she's a great director, simply because she's a black woman! How dare people want to work with her because she did a great job with SELMA. I'm so sick and tired of these black, female directors thinking they're talented because they just happened to direct one great movie.

Grow the fuck up.
Oh noes! How dare J.J. Abrams think she's a great director, simply because she's a black woman! How dare people want to work with her because she did a great job with SELMA. I'm so sick and tired of these black, female directors thinking they're talented because they just happened to direct one great movie.

Grow the fuck up.
1:37PM on 12/11/2015
What does her skin color have to do with her directing this movie? JJ Abrams never mention her race being a factor in his decision for thinking she'd be a good director for a SW movie. You're probably just another bigot on this site.
What does her skin color have to do with her directing this movie? JJ Abrams never mention her race being a factor in his decision for thinking she'd be a good director for a SW movie. You're probably just another bigot on this site.
2:12PM on 12/11/2015
I agree giving a job based purely on race or gender for some pc publicity is ass! It should be granted on the merits of skill, experience and artistic vision.
I agree giving a job based purely on race or gender for some pc publicity is ass! It should be granted on the merits of skill, experience and artistic vision.
4:23PM on 12/11/2015
Because she's black you're immediately pissed off?
Because she's black you're immediately pissed off?
7:52PM on 12/11/2015
Nowhere in there did he say he wants her to direct it because she's black or female. That you immediately took it there when you saw a black woman is more telling about you.
Nowhere in there did he say he wants her to direct it because she's black or female. That you immediately took it there when you saw a black woman is more telling about you.
9:48AM on 12/11/2015
If JJ really does believe this, maybe he shouldn't have waited until after two other directors were already given the helm for the next two SW pics. It's easy to say these supposedly progressive things in pure hypotheticals from a safe zone.
If JJ really does believe this, maybe he shouldn't have waited until after two other directors were already given the helm for the next two SW pics. It's easy to say these supposedly progressive things in pure hypotheticals from a safe zone.
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2:15PM on 12/11/2015
It makes for great press and pc street cred with the sjws.
It makes for great press and pc street cred with the sjws.
6:14PM on 12/11/2015
To be fair, this could just be the first time a journalist asked him about it
To be fair, this could just be the first time a journalist asked him about it
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9:33AM on 12/11/2015
I think I should direct Star Wars, too.
I think I should direct Star Wars, too.
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