Daisy Ridley’s New ‘Star Wars’ Director Says ‘It’s About Time’ We Had a Female Filmmaker ‘Come Forward to Shape the Galaxy Far, Far Away’

Daisy Ridley’s Rey is coming back to the big screen in a new “Star Wars” movie directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (“Ms.

Marvel”) and written by Steven Knight (“Peaky Blinders”).

The film makes Obaid-Chinoy the first woman and first person of color to direct a “Star Wars” feature film.

Previous film directors in the franchise include original creator George Lucas, Irvin Kershner (“Empire Strikes Back”), Richard Marquand (“Return of the Jedi”), J.J.

Abrams and Rian Johnson (“The Last Jedi”).

While “Star Wars” television projects have featured female directors, most notably Deborah Chow, the movies have shut them out until now.“I’m very thrilled about the project because I feel what we’re about to create is something very special,” Obaid-Chinoy recently told CNN.

“We’re in 2024 now, and it’s about time that we had a woman come forward to shape a story in a galaxy far, far away.

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