‘Star Wars’: J.J. Abrams Taps Victoria Mahoney as ‘Episode IX’ Second Unit Director

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Abrams has begun pre-production on “Star Wars: Episode IX” and tapped Victoria Mahoney as his second unit director, a major milestone for the franchise as its first African-American woman to serve in any directing role.Ava DuVernay, who recently directed “A Wrinkle in Time” for Disney, announced the news on her Twitter feed on Tuesday.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.

#StarWarsE9 #StarWars pic.twitter.com/s689jv9I4u— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 17, 2018Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made it clear that she would like to see more diversity behind the camera going forward on future “Star Wars” films during the press tour for “The Last Jedi.”“We want to make sure that when we bring a female director in to do ‘Star Wars,’ they’re set up for success,

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