It's a great time to be a Star Wars fan. With Disney now in charge of the property, we should expect a new addition to the franchise every year for the foreseeable future. This weekend brings Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will continue the main narrative of the franchise following The Force Awakens two years ago. And aside from the current trilogy and the standalone films, there is yet another trio of films currently in developing. Johnson will be crafting those three films himself, becoming a major force in the Star Wars franchise. And it turns out that he wants to see one thing from future Star Wars directors: diversity. When asked if he'd like to see more women and people of color in the director's chair, he said:
It looks like Star Wars' newest power player is ready for more diverse verses in the galaxy far, far away. And given the current focus on inclusion and diversity in Hollywood, he certainly has a point.
Rian Johnson's comments to Yahoo UK points at a conversation that's been happening quite a bit in the entertainment world. While the #OscarsSoWhite movement brought focus to representation of actors on the silver screen, the conversation has recently focused on who is behind the camera. Following the massive critical and financial success of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman, there has been even more evidence that women need and should be directing major blockbusters like superhero movies and the Star Wars franchise. The galaxy far, far away has been exclusively helmed by white men at this juncture, and Johnson seems to be ready for this to change in the near future.
Considering how many Star Wars movies are currently on the horizon, it certainly seems possible that more people of color and women would be able to direct for the iconic property. It's currently unclear if Rian Johnson will be physically directing all three installment of his new trilogy, or if he'll be willing to collaborate with other directors while overseeing the narrative.
The franchise's standalone films are also showing no signs of slowing, given the acclaim of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Solo is right around the corner in 2018, while the future of these one shot films are still a mystery; rumors of the subject have ranged from Obi-Wan, to Boba Fett, to Jabba the Hutt. And with so many films being produced in the future, there are plenty of opportunities for diverse directors to get behind the camera and show their perspective on George Lucas' beloved franchise.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in theaters tonight, and Solo: A Star Wars Story will debut May 25th, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.