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Star Wars gets its first black female director

PICTURED: Star Wars directors Victoria Mahoney and JJ Abrams

VICTORIA MAHONEY is set to join the Star Wars: Episode IX crew, making her the first black woman to direct Star Wars in the franchise’s history.

Mahoney will work on the film as a second unit director alongside /i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ JJ Abrams, the main director of Star Wars: Episode IX.

Academy award-winning director Ava DuVernay, who has worked with Mahoney on Queen Sugar, a drama series on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, said: “Happy to share this historic news. A black woman directing stories in a galaxy far, far away.”

Mahoney responded to DuVernay’s tweet and thanked DuVernay for her support.

“Cat's outta the bag. Thank you Ava for putting my name in the Star Wars LucasFilm hat. Thank you JJ Abrams for inviting me on your ferocious ride. *This one's for the outliers, dreaming big--in small corners of the Earth.”

Some DuVernay fans had hoped that she would one day direct the Disney and Lucasfilm science-fiction fantasy.

In March, after watching A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay fan Migdalia Melendez said: “If Ava wasn't on the radar to direct Star Wars before.....she is now. Visuals were amazing. Messages in line with the Disney and Lucasfilms brand. Onward and Upward.”

But DuVernay ruled herself out of the race. In a response to the fan’s tweet, she said: “Star Wars is not for me. But, very happy you dug Wrinkle in Time.”

It is not known whether DuVernay knew that Mahoney would be joining the Star Wars crew at the time of her response.

In addition to episodes of Queen Sugar, Mahoney has directed episodes of TV shows American Crime and Grey’s Anatomy.

Star Wars Episode IX is due to arrive in cinemas on December 20 2019. John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver will all be reprising their roles in the latest

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