The Women Who Shaped the Star Wars Franchise

The LucasFilm Story Group on the Star Wars Show Leland Chee Pablo Hidalgo Matt Martin Rayne Roberts

Rayne Roberts

Rayne Roberts is a creative executive at Lucasfilm and one of the members of the Lucasfilm Story Group. As a creative executive on The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One (2016), and The Last Jedi (2017), she consulted on each film from development to the final product. She has also worked as a creative executive on Star Wars Rebels (2014).

While a guest on The Star Wars Show in 2016, Roberts revealed that she was involved in the conversation that sparked the idea that Luke Skywalker would only appear in the final moments of The Force Awakens. Because Roberts is credited as a creative executive on each Star Wars film, yet she was not counted in the Variety article because she did not have a movie directing or writing credit.

Diana Williams

Diana Williams of the Lucasfilm Story Group and ILMxLAB

Diana Williams is a content strategist for Lucasfilm and a member of the Lucasfilm Story Group. She is also a creative development executive at the ILMxLAB, which focuses on immersive entertainment experiences, and ensures that the ILMxLAB projects are in-keeping with the rest of the expanded Star Wars universe. Williams is on the cutting-edge of storytelling, working with the ILMxLAB to develop The VOID virtual reality Star Wars experience titled Secrets of the Empire. The VR experience, which was released in 2018 at the Disneyland resort, offers an immersive experience.

While screenwriter David Goyer (The Dark Knight) wrote the script, Williams was part of the team that developed the story alongside the technological capabilities. Williams was also responsible for ensuring that the story of Secrets of the Empire was sufficiently "Star Wars."

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Comic Book and Novel Writers: Cynthia Martin, Adriana Melo, Jan Duursema, Delilah S. Dawson, Claudia Gray, and more

Jan Duursema Star Wars Legacy Comics Artist
Comics Artist Jan Duursema Talks to Fans

A number of women have written, designed, and illustrated Star Wars comic books and novels over the years, including Cynthia Martin (the original Marvel Star Wars in the 1980's), Adriana Melo (artist for Star Wars: Empire comics), Jan Duursema (artist and creator of popular characters including Aayla Secura and Quinlan Vos), Delilah S. Dawson (novelist and writer of Phasma), Claudia Gray (author of Lost StarsBloodline, and Leia, Princess of Alderaan), Karen Traviss (creator of the Republic Commando novel series), Christie Golden (creator of the Fate of the Jedi  Legends series and canon Dark Disciple), Judy Blundell (Star Wars novelist who wrote under the pseudonym Jude Watson).

While these women are not responsible for choices made in the films, the choices that they make and the characters that they developed shaped fan's understandings of Star Wars and the subsequent decisions that filmmakers make.

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Key Release Dates
  • 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
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