Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy recently made comments that made it sound like there simply weren't enough women directors out there at the right level to handle directing a Star Wars movies. While the task may be tough, it's not impossible. Simply because most women aren't given the chance to direct blockbuster features doesn't mean that there aren't plenty who have shown the skills to handle it.

To be clear, we have no idea if any of these women would want to direct a Star Wars movie if given the chance. Maybe they've been asked and have already turned the job down. But if we were going to look for women who were already accomplished directors and capable of handling big-budget movies, here's where we would look first.

Michelle MacLaren

It used to be that directing television was leaps and bounds away from directing movies. For many shows, that's simply not the case anymore. Series like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are just as involved as any feature-length movie. Michelle MacLaren has directed episodes of every major TV series you can think of, and in many cases, she's handled several, including the recent finale of Westworld. These are shows with major budgets for both digital and practical effects, that require handling filming in multiple locations with numerous characters. If she can handle directing back to back episodes of Game of Thrones, she can make a movie.

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