Former Wonder Woman Director In The Mix For Star Wars Anthology Film

Ever since director Josh Trank departed his post as the director of the second Star Wars Anthology movie, the folks at Disney and LucasFilm have been searching for his replacement. Previously we heard rumors that both Jon Favreau and Matthew Vaughn were being considered for the recently-vacated gig, but now it seems that a new player has entered the game: former Wonder Woman director Michelle MacLaren.

While there sadly aren't too many details to go along with this story, it's the folks on the video podcast Meet The Movie Press who have revealed word from their sources that MacLaren is one of the filmmakers that the Star Wars franchise is considering to helm the second Anthology movie that is currently on schedule to be released in the summer of 2018. There's sadly no indication in regards to exactly how close she is to getting the job, though she has apparently met with the proper people at Disney about potentially helming the project.

Michelle MacLaren first started getting some serious attention from the movie world late last year when it was revealed that she had signed on to helm the first ever Wonder Woman live-action film that is currently in development at Warner Bros. as part of their growing DC Cinematic Universe. Sadly, she had some creative differences with the studio that the two parties were unable to settle, which ultimately led her to leave the project and be replaced by Patty Jenkins. Should she get the Star Wars Anthology, it would be MacLaren's first job directing a feature, though her experience on television is outstanding - famously helming episodes of acclaimed shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and, most recently, Better Call Saul.

At this stage, not much is known about the Star Wars Anthology film in discussion here, though it has been strongly suggested that the movie will center on the fan favorite character Boba Fett. Obviously this has not yet been confirmed, and any and all story details beyond that are currently in question, but the prospect of Michelle MacLaren helming a movie about the universe's most notorious bounty hunter is most definitely an exciting one. Not only would it be great to see a female filmmaker take charge on such a big project, but given her credits mentioned earlier it's not too much of a stretch to say that MacLaren knows what she is doing where anti-heroes are concerned. Obviously she doesn't have the gig yet, but she represents a very awesome option.

What do you think about the idea of Michelle MacLaren helming the second Star Wars Anthology film after Gareth Edwards' Star Wars: Rogue One? Do you think she'd be a good fit for the project? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

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