With just eight days left on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens countdown, Star Wars fever is spreading fast, with some fans already lining up next to the historic TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be just the beginning, though, with two more sequels and three spinoffs coming in the years ahead. Earlier this month, a new report revealed that LucasFilm has been meeting with a number of unidentified female directors for future Star Wars movies. Director J.J. Abrams was asked if there are any specific female directors he would like to see take the helm of a Star Wars movie, and there is one that he thought of right away, Ava DuVernay. Here's what the filmmaker had to say to Yahoo! Movies.
"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, that, my instinct is, even though there are so many other names that I think would also be great, she is my 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 any of this, which I don't, I'd give her whatever she wants."
Most of the movies following Star Wars: The Force Awakens already have filmmakers attached, but there is still one spinoff that doesn't have a director at the helm. This Third Star Wars Spin-Off Movie, rumored to center on Boba Fett, originally had Josh Trank set to direct before he left the project. No one has been announced to replace him yet, so it's possible that Ava DuVernay could throw her hat in the ring for this project, although it isn't known if she's even interested in coming aboard.
Earlier this year, Ava DuVernay was in talks to direct Marvel's Black Panther, but she eventually parted ways with the project, which is now eyeing Creed director Ryan Coogler. Ava DuVernay hasn't announced what her follow-up to Selma will be quite yet, so we'll have to wait and see if she has any interest in tackling the Star Wars universe. While she has never directed a genre film before, she does have experience in other ways.
Before she became a director, Ava DuVernay worked in publicity on genre films such as Spy Kids, Spider-Man 2 and I, Robot. It's also worth noting that a report from November claims that Disney and LucasFilm plan on putting out a new Star Wars movie every year, indefinitely, until fans stop buying tickets, so there will certainly be no shortage of projects, if Ava DuVernay were to be interested in entering the franchise. Do you think Ava DuVernay would make a great Star Wars director? Take a look at how Ava DuVernay herself responded to the news through her Twitter account below.