Filmmaker and actress Victoria Mahoney will be joining Lucasfilm and JJ Abrams as the second unit director on Star Wars: Episode IX reports, Deadline.
The news was made public in a tweet by Ava Duvernay, who became the first African American woman to direct DC’s upcoming The New Gods superhero film.
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
Victoria Mahoney, who is African American, followed up the tweet thanking Ava and JJ Abrams on the opportunity, as she is the first black woman to direct a Star Wars film, according to sources.
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.
— Vic Mahoney (@VictoriaMahoney) April 17, 2018
Star Wars: Episode IX isn’t expected to debut until May 24, 2019, and it will be the third and final film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
For the full story, head on over to Deadline.
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