New Star Wars director says it’s ‘about time’ for a woman to shape Star Wars history


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Award-winning director and journalist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy spoke during an interview on CNN about how the time has come for a woman to shape the story of the Star Wars universe.

CNN anchor Kristie Lu Stout interviewed Pakistani-born Canadian filmmaker Obaid-Chinoy about his upcoming projects, including a new Star Wars film that had recently been announced at the Star Wars Celebration 2023 event in London.

Stout touted Obaid-Chinoy as the “first woman and first person of color to direct a Star Wars film” which is reportedly set to be released in 2026.

“I’m very excited about the project because I think what we’re about to create is something very special,” Obaid-Chinoy told Stout. “It’s 2024 now, and I think it’s about time a woman came forward to shape history in a galaxy far, far away.”

Award-winning director and journalist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy spoke in a CNN interview about how the time has come for a woman to shape the story of the Star Wars universe. (CNN)

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Stout then recalled Obaid-Chinoy’s recent Instagram post where he talked about the announcement and his excitement about being at the helm of a Star Wars project.

“It’s been a great day in London… The news is out! I’m so excited to direct the next Star Wars movie and bring @daisyridley back to the galaxy,” Obaid-Chinoy wrote in the Instagram post alongside a Images from the Star Wars event. “I’ve always been drawn to the hero’s journey and the world definitely needs more heroes!”

The filmmaker’s post went on to say: “The blueprints of the heroes we see on screen are rooted in reality. I have spent my life meeting real-life heroes, who have overcome the most oppressive empires and fought against impossible obstacles and that for I am the heart of Star Wars… and that is why I was drawn to the promise of a new Jedi Order… And that is why I am particularly excited to be immersed within a Jedi Academy with a powerful Jedi Master… # starwars”.

Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrsion Ford

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Star Wars spin-off films and series have been heavily criticized in recent years for supposedly not being as entertaining as the original films. (Getty Images)

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Stout then asked the filmmaker what real-life heroes she had met in her work as a documentary filmmaker.

Obaid-Chinoy gave the news personality the example of a teacher in Pakistan who teaches girls in schools, and credited her husband for supporting her: “It’s very important to have male advocates in your life to help you when there are difficulties.” times.”

He went on to say that, going forward, he sees great importance in helping the “next generation of filmmakers in my own home country, Pakistan.”

“If I can lead the network of the next generation of filmmakers in Pakistan, that is the kind of legacy I want to lead,” Obaid-Chinoy said.

Disney and its related properties have made numerous headlines in recent years for being too “woke” and relying on identity politics, according to some critics. One of the headlines was when Rachel Zegler, the star of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of “Snow White,” sparked controversy after criticizing the original animated classic Snow White film as a “bizarre” love story with a ” guy who literally stalks her.” The backlash caused Disney to delay the film for another year.

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LucasFilm, which oversees the Star Wars franchise and is led by CEO Kathleen Kennedy, recently suffered a disappointment at the box office. The new Indiana Jones sequel was criticized for being one of many recent sequels to old franchises that have alienated their audiences and emasculated their characters.

“Conservatives were concerned, and rightly so, that Disney would emasculate another beloved hero in the name of female empowerment,” film critic Christian Toto wrote in July 2022. “Disney did just that with Oscar Isaac’s character in ‘ The Last Jedi’, and Awakened Groupthink has taken a firm hold on the studio in recent years. Plus, Disney turned one of cinema’s most iconic heroes, Luke Skywalker, into a burned-out hermit who rebelled against The Force in ‘ ‘The Last Jedi’.”

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