Variety reports that J.J. Abrams wants Ava DuVernay to direct a Star Wars movie. She is known for directing the film Selma. Check out the quote:
The Force Awakens helmer said he would want to see Ava DuVernay lead one of the franchise films.
“The knee-jerk reaction, if I had to, is Ava DuVernay, who I think would just kill it,” Abrams said in an interview with Nerdist‘s Dan Casey when asked which female writer/director he would choose to tackle the franchise.
She is as much a fan of genre movies, and hearing her talk about not just ‘Star Wars,’ but hearing her talk about those kinds of films is evidence that she would just kill it. When you look at her work in ‘Selma,’ which was as well-told and as sophisticated and humane a film as I think has come out in the last decade, if she can do that story that well, there’s no question she would kill this movie.”