Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy Says 'Star Wars' Will Hire Female Director

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Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy

has declared that

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, "There's nothing [she]'d like more" than to see a woman directing a

Star Wars

movie. Kennedy, who co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg, and who became the president of Lucasfilm after its purchase by the Walt Disney Company, made the statement while talking to The Guardian at the

Fortune

Most Powerful Women Summit this week.

There are currently five

Star Wars

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films in development right now -

-The Force Awakens, Episode VIII, Episode IX, Rogue One,

and the Han Solo film -- and that all of them are being directed by men. Kennedy highlighted a failure to nurture talent as a major reason why women don't get hired for big-budget jobs.

"There is an assumption made that the people involved should predominantly be men," Kennedy remarked when asked about getting a woman in the director's chair for a future film in the franchise, before reminding people, in a statement that depressingly appears to have been necessary, that, "There are women who are

Star Wars

fans. That's what's so insane."


According to Kennedy, there's a big female force behind the project, and she acknowledged the importance of finding a good balance in the creative team,"Six out of eight of the people in my story group are women and I'm sure there's are a lot of people that would be surprised that we're making 'Star Wars' movies and the majority of the people involved in the development of those stories are women," she said, adding, "It is going to happen. We are going to hire a woman who's going to direct a 'Star Wars' movie. I have no doubt."

via

Variety