Kathleen Kennedy on More Women in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe: “It’s absolutely a priority.”

Kathleen Kennedy on More Women in the 'Star Wars' Universe: "It’s absolutely a priority."

Despite all the changes and shifts that happened in Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy managed to “survive” as the president of the company, and she is still running the Star Wars franchise in collaboration with Disney. Whatever your opinion of Kennedy’s management style, she remains the head of the franchise and one of the most influential figures in terms of Star Wars‘ future. This is why her perspective on the issue is important, and it will undoubtedly be the main topic of this article.

Kennedy is known for voicing her opinion, and her opinions have often been subject to criticism as well, but this has not stopped her from speaking out. In an interview for The Wrap, Kennedy talked about the future of the franchise, as well as some important issues which are going to be the focus of this report.

In it, we are going to talk about the future of women directors in the Star Wars franchise. This has been a recurring “issue” in the context of the franchise and Kennedy was frank enough to give her honest and clear opinion on the matter, which is certainly more than relevant.

In an interview for The Wrap, Kennedy discussed the future of the Star Wars franchise ahead of the changes in the post-Lucas era, revealing some plans and ideas for the inclusion of more women in the franchise. Diversity is obviously important for Kennedy and the franchise, so we can expect to see more women heading Star Wars projects in the future, especially in light of the fact that the franchise has already seen women head successful Star Wars projects:

There are a record number of women directors nominated for Emmys this year, and three of your eight episodes were directed by women. Is that a priority for you? 

It’s absolutely a priority. It’s been very exciting to see the talent that’s come in. And we’re now developing the limited Obi-Wan Kenobi series with Deborah Chow, and she’s just been doing a phenomenal job. I was actually sad because I love Nia DaCosta, who was just announced to do “Captain Marvel” (the sequel). She’s another director I’ve been watching, and I think she’s enormously talented.

Certainly, the kind of television that’s being made now is going to give many people an opportunity to direct more and be more involved with shows that have special effects and extended production values. It really gives people an opportunity to move into big technical movies. That’s exciting. I think we can develop a lot of new talent and it’s about time.

Source: The Wrap

As you know, Bryce Dallas Howard directed several successful episodes of The Mandalorian, and she has recently spoken about her desire to direct a Star Wars movie, which we have reported on. Kennedy mentioned Deborah Chow, who did an amazing job with Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Leslye Headland is heading The Acolyte, which is another major project.

Women are definitely becoming more important in the Star Wars universe, and based on what Kennedy said, it seems that they are going to be featured even more prominently in the future, which could definitely work out quite well for the franchise. We are certain that diversity in this aspect is great and that it will definitely contribute to the overall quality of the franchise.

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