Director Reed Morano is shooting down the rumors that she's been selected to direct a Star Wars project. After it was reported that she had a lengthy meeting with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, fans were quick to speculate on what that meeting could mean. What had fans most excited however was the possibility that Morano could be in talks to direct a Star Wars project. Her hiring would have been a first for the studio, considering that all Star Wars films have been directed by white men.
For many fans, Morano would have been an excellent choice, and not just for the sake of diversity. Morano serves as the executive producer and director of the critically acclaimed Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale, a show based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. The story is set in a dystopian future where only a small number of women are fertile. These women are forced to live in sexual servitude in the homes of powerful men. Morano's work on the series has earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for the episode, "Offred."
At the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, hosted by IMDb, Reed Morano was asked about The Hollywood Reporter's article that claimed she had met with Kathleen Kennedy. The article speculated that Morano could be the next Star Wars director. Morano appeared to be unaware of the story, and though she admitted to having the meeting, she denied that she was directing Star Wars, "No, I’m not doing Star Wars. Will you stop adding fuel to the rumors. It’s just a meeting, and that’s all I can say."
Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, who was among the celebrities attending the festival, heard the comments and humorously asked her for a role. Morano continued to deny any involvement with Star Wars.
It's unclear what that meeting was about or what it could lead to. What we know is that Morano sat down with Kennedy for a "great" two-and-a-half hour meeting. The news that Morano isn't going to direct a Star Wars project is likely to disappoint fans, as some were hoping she could be attached to the live-action Star Wars TV series expected to air on Disney's streaming service in late 2019. All other announced Lucasfilm projects were already ruled out, since all of them have directors attached, including Indiana Jones 5, the only movie on their slate that isn't connected to the Star Wars franchise.
Does Lucasfilm have another project in the works? Fans will have to wait and see to find out.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019