Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Victoria Mahoney Becomes First Black Woman to Direct a Star Wars Film


Lucasfilm is making history with Star Wars: Episode IX. Not only have they hired the first female director to helm a Star Wars film, but Victoria Mahoney is African American. Director Ava Duvernay broke the news via her Twitter, stating "Happy to share this historic news. A black woman directing stories in a galaxy far, far away. First unit director #JJAbrams. Second unit director @VictoriaMahoney." The above picture was included. You can read more from Deadline:

"Another historic moment for a female director, as Victoria Mahoney has been tapped by Lucasfilm and JJ Abrams to be second unit director on Star Wars: Episode IX. Ava DuVernay just tweeted the historic news. DuVernay became the first African American woman to sign on to direct a major superhero film in DC’s The New Gods.

Mahoney, who is African American, is the first black woman to direct a Star Wars film, sources said. On the feature front, she wrote and directed the loosely autobiographical indie film Yelling At The Sky, that premiered in Berlin. She just directed Red Line, a pilot for CBS that is exec produced by DuVernay and Greg Berlanti. After a career in episodic television, this is quite a leap into films. She is also writing for TV an adaptation of the novel Dawn, for DuVernay and Charles King’s MACRO."

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