Star Wars Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Celebrates Making Franchise History

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a four-time Emmy winner and director of Ms. Marvel, says that it was long overdue for a female filmmaker to direct an installment in the Star Wars film franchise.

In an interview with CNN, Obaid-Chinoy talked about her upcoming sequel to The Rise of Skywalker. “I’m very thrilled about the project because I feel what we’re about to create is something very special. 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.”

In its fifty-year history, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will make history as the first female filmmaker to direct a Star Wars movie. The franchise, initiated by George Lucas in 1977, has seen directors such as J.J. Abrams, Rian Johnson, Ron Howard, Dave Filoni, and Gareth Edwards helm various installments.

Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman, could’ve been the first as she was linked to helm Rogue Squadron. However, the film was removed from the Lucasfilm production calendar in 2021 and officially canceled in 2023.

Obaid-Chinoy, will venture into narrative direction with Brilliance, featuring Will Smith. Following this, she is set to direct the untitled sequel, with Daisy Ridley reprising her role as Rey Skywalker. The storyline takes place 15 years after the events in The Rise of Skywalker and focuses on Rey’s efforts to rebuild the Jedi Order.



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