Out of this World: Victoria Mahoney Makes Star Wars History as 1st Director of Color

Filmmaker Victoria Mahoney makes entertainment history as the first woman of color to serve in any directing position for the Star Wars $7.5 million franchise. Mahoney will join J.J. Abrams as the second unit director on the untitled “Episode IX” and will oversee the direction of the movie’s supplementary footage like establishing scenes, cutaways,  and action-packed stunts.

This announcement marks a major milestone in Mahoney’s career which includes a directing resume of short films such as her semi-autobiographical film Yelling to the Sky which starred  Zoë Kravitz, and episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, TNT’s Claws,  and Freeform’s upcoming Misfits adaptation.

A Wrinkle in Time director, Ava DuVernay tweeted a congratulations to fellow filmmaker, Mahoney on her new position:

Mahoney’s appointment is an important step in the right direction in creating a diverse, inclusive Hollywood including efforts like Ava Duvernay’s Evolve Entertainment Fund (EEF), an initiative that gives underrepresented demographics the chance to thrive in the entertainment industry. Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm expressed her liking of more diversity inclusion on future “Star Wars” films on the last press tour for “The Last Jedi”. “We want to make sure that when we bring a female director in to do ‘Star Wars,’ they’re set up for success,” Kennedy previously told Variety.com.

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