Newswire: J.J. Abrams thinks Ava DuVernay should direct a Star Wars movie

Genre film producers just won’t leave poor Ava DuVernay alone. Just a few months after the Selma director reportedly turned down the director’s chair for Black Panther, The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has tapped her as his pick to be the first woman to direct a film in the Star Wars franchise. Talking to Nerdist’s Dan Casey, Abrams said DuVernay would be his “knee-jerk” selection, and that he’s confident she would “kill it“ if asked to direct a story in that galaxy far, far away.

After taking a moment to deflect heat from the franchise’s gender issues by reminding everybody that current Lucasfilm president and Star Wars mastermind Kathleen Kennedy is, in fact, a woman, Abrams went on to praise both DuVernay’s skill as a filmmaker, as well as her love of the genre in which Star Wars exists. Referring to Selma …

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