In a surprising set of news, Deadline has reported that Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is set to direct a Star Wars movie for Lucasfilm. Details on the project are currently kept under wraps, but Damon Lindelof is currently writing the screenplay.
Production on the movie is not set to begin for now, as the script is still being written, but it was important for Lucasfilm to find a director with a strong vision that could oversee where the script could go.
Obaid-Chinoy is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, having won two Oscars for her short documentaries Saving Face and A Girl in the River: The Price for Forgiveness. She most recently worked on episode five and six of Ms. Marvel, where Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) travels to Karachi, Pakistan to reconnect with her family.
While the news is certainly exciting, Star Wars is known for announcing movies that never come to fruition. Rian Johnson is still working on his trilogy that may never get released, which was announced five years ago, Taika Waititi has a film in the works with Krysty Wilson-Cairns attached to write the script, but no one knows when it will come out, and Rogue Squadron, directed by Patty Jenkins, could very well have been canceled since Disney took it off their release schedule earlier this year. They’re much more successful when it comes to television series, with many currently gearing up for production. One would hope that Obaid-Chinoy has her movie released sooner than later in theatres.