The next Star Wars movie, Star Wars: Episode IX (the official title hasn’t been announced yet), will have a woman of color behind the lens.
J.J. Abrams is at the helm as the first unit director.director dropped the news on Twitter Tuesday that Victoria Mahoney will serve as the second unit director on the upcoming Star Wars film.
“Happy to share this historic news,” Ava DuVernay tweeted. “A black woman directing stories in a galaxy far, far away. First unit director #JJAbrams. Second unit director @VictoriaMahoney.”
“Catt’s outta the bag. Thank you @ava for putting my name in the #StarWars #LucasFilm hat,” Mahoney tweeted in response on Tuesday. “Thank you #JJAbrams for inviting me on your ferocious ride. *This one’s for the outliers, dreaming big–in small corners of the Earth. #MaytheForceBeWithYou
The second unit director (or assistant director) is responsible for shooting additional footage that often includes establishing shots, stunts, cutaways and inserts. The first unit director principally shoots scenes with the main cast.
Previous second unit directors for Star Wars films have all been men, though many of the third assistant directors, forfor example, have been women.
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