Twitter Reacts To 'Star Wars: Episode 9' Director Shakeup With Hopeful Thinking
Big update from a galaxy far, far away: Colin Trevorrow is no longer directing Star Wars: Episode 9. So, who will step into the now-vacated spot at the helm of the third installment of the third Star Wars trilogy? Lucasfilm has yet to announce who's up to bat next, but many have taken to Twitter to offer up suggestions. A recurring hope: that the new director of Star Wars: Episode IX will be a woman and/or a person of color. Given the lack of diversity among the franchise's directors, this would be a huge step forward.
Regarding Trevorrow's departure, Lucasfilm released the following statement on the Star Wars website:
This isn't exactly breaking news, but the directors of the Star Wars franchise aren't exactly the most diverse group of individuals: In June, Ron Howard replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller on the Han Solo spinoff; Tony Gilroy took over for Gareth Edwards on Rogue One; The Force Awakens was directed by J.J. Abrams; and Rian Johnson directed The Last Jedi. Of course, all are incredibly talented and accomplished filmmakers, and to say otherwise would be silly.
Do you know what else? There are a lot of incredibly talented and accomplished filmmakers who aren't white dudes who deserve a chance at a Star Wars movie. And it is a chance that is long overdue.
So far, #StarWars directing gigs for this new generation have gone exclusively to white males. Please, Lucasfilm, diversify this time.— Daniel Curtis (@danielpdcurtis) September 5, 2017
Whether it be on the screen or behind the scenes, representation matters.
Rey most certainly wouldn't argue with that.
Star Wars is. For. Everyone.
Four terrific ideas. Four of many terrific ideas.
How about F. Gary Gray? I got a list of PoC directors --> Colin Trevorrow Out as 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Director https://t.co/VVBFRo4NKj— ReBecca Theodore (@FilmFatale_NYC) September 5, 2017
Another awesome idea.
Oh, and one more thing guys: I love Ava DuVernay and Patty Jenkins as much as the rest of you: Let's give Star Wars to another woman.— CRT (@StoryofEverest) September 5, 2017
What have we here? Another terrific idea?
Hey #StarWars, how about hiring a woman to direct Episode 9? Michelle MacLaren, one the best action directors alive, might be available.— Lucy Watson (@lucywatsoncute) September 6, 2017
Another great idea for the books.
hey @starwars now would be a good time to look at women and poc for directing episode ix, just sayin— boo katan (@shadowblindr) September 5, 2017
Was wrong about Hillary winning the election, was right about Colin Trevorrow getting fired off Star Wars. gonna call it even.— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) September 5, 2017
Look I just want a woman directing Star Wars in my lifetime ok— C (@haegorgeous) September 5, 2017
Or as I like to call it: A New Hope. https://t.co/8JQAqqDQxP— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) September 5, 2017
It could very well be.
what does colin trevorrow leaving star wars mean for white male directors? can we trust them to helm such big budget projects in the future?— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) September 5, 2017
How about we get someone who isn't a white man to direct Star Wars IX? pic.twitter.com/MlkFh7Ombz— Terran Seifert (@camria) September 5, 2017
*Waves to BB-8.* Well said, BB-8.