Oscar-winning Pakistani filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has been tapped to helm a new Star Wars film with Damon Lindelof and an additional co-writer. Moreover, she becomes the first woman and the first person of color to direct a Star Wars film.
The secretive new Star Wars film that will be developed and co-written by Damon Lindelof for Lucasfilm now has a director. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, who is known for her directorial work on Ms. Marvel, will be on board the project. Lucasfilm and reps for Obaid-Chinoy could not be reached for comment.
It has been confirmed that Lindelof, who created several critically-acclaimed television series such as Lost, The Leftovers, Watchmen. As well as co-wrote films such as Prometheus and World War Z, will be producing and co-writing the newest film in the franchise. Obaid-Chinoy will be joining production as the director. She has been brought on early to allow the script to reflect her own vision for the film’s plot.
Obaid-Chinoy is already in the Disney fold as a helmer of Marvel and Disney+’s Ms. Marvel. Before her foray into the MCU. She came up as a documentarian, becoming the first Pakistan-born filmmaker to win an Oscar. Sharmeen is behind 2015’s A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness and 2012’s Saving Face. She is also attached to directing the Paramount Will Smith project Brilliance.
As for what the film is focused on. That will remain under wraps as this project remains one of the more guarded secrets in all of Hollywood. As for when we will see this film, while it still seems a ways off. The feeling gave how proactive execs were in finding a director for this film. Is this Star Wars feature seems to have the most momentum out of all the films currently in development at the studio?
2019’s Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker was the last film to bow in theaters with the studio. Focusing on its TV projects over recent years since then. That said they have several films in development including this one and Lucasfilm has been pretty clear. They want to make sure the next series of films have a story they are happy with. So they don’t see a need to rush out that next franchise.