Director Rian Johnson is set to take the reins on the Star Wars saga in Episode VIII after J. J. Abrams departs with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But who will take on Episode IX and beyond? Abrams has someone in mind.
"I think without question there are a number of incredible writers and directors to go along with the female producer Kathleen Kennedy who's ruling over all of Lucasfilm," Abrams told Nerdist when asked about increasing the number of women working behind the camera on the Star Wars saga. "But to me, the knee-jerk reaction, if I had to, is Ava Duvernay, who I think would just kill it. And she is as much a fan of genre movies and hearing her talk about, not just Star Wars, but hearing her talk about those kind of films, is evidence that she would just kill it."
"And you look at her work in Selma, which was as well told and sophisticated and humane a film as has come out in the last decade, she is someone who can do that story, that well," he continued, "There's no question she'd kill this movie."
Duvernay was recently in talks to direct Marvel's Black Panther, though those negotiations fell through.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18.