Victoria Mahoney Joins “Star Wars: Episode IX” as The Film Franchise’s First Black Female Director
Director Victoria Mahoney is set to join J.J. Abrams on Star Wars: Episode IX.
The announcement was made by Oscar winning Director Ava DuVernay, who is one of Mahoney’s good friends and has worked with her on the TV series Queen Sugar. Mahoney is most well known for directing TV series such as many episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and the pilot episode for Freeform’s Misfits.
The tweets of the announcements can be seen below.
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, 2018
Catt's outta the bag. Thank you @ava for putting my name in the #StarWars #LucasFilm hat. Thank you #JJAbrams for inviting me on your ferocious ride. *This one's for the outliers, dreaming big–in small corners of the Earth.
— Crown Vic (@VictoriaMahoney) April 17, 2018
Although she is not the film’s main director, Mahoney’s hiring as the second unit director is a historic moment in Star Wars history. It seems that many Star Wars execs have been listening to many fans who have been begging for a minority to step into a creative role in the Star Wars Franchise.
Star Wars Episode IX is set to release in theaters on December 20, 2019.
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