Patty Jenkins To Direct Star Wars Movie Rogue Squadron, First Woman To Do So

With this, Jenkins will become the first woman ever to direct a Star Wars feature film.

Ria Das
Dec 11, 2020 08:56 IST

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins will be directing the new Star Wars movie Rogue Squadron, Disney announced on Thursday. The Wonder Woman 1984 director's next film for popular Star Wars franchise will release in December 2023.

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With this, Jenkins will become the first woman ever to direct a Star Wars feature film. Although Victoria Mahoney was the first woman on a Star Wars directing team, she served as a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker. Previously, Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter Deborah Chow also directed an episode of The Mandalorian Season 1 for the same franchise. She will be directing the upcoming Disney Plus series Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Jenkin's latest directorial, Gal Gadot-starrer Wonder Woman 1984, the second instalment in the franchise gets a HBO Max and US theatrical release in December 2020. Reportedly, for the sequel, Jenkins received a 10 million dollar paycheck, a record salary for a female filmmaker.

Talking to Variety, Jenkins had earlier opined on the topic of equal pay in Hollywood saying, “Women who have not been in a system that allows them to build up the same level of pay as men are not able to be paid the same as men forever if that’s the way it continues. You have to ask for it to happen, and you have to ask when you’re the appropriate person.”

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Jenkins' Wonder Woman was the first women-centric film to have earned critical and commercial triumphs. She rose to fame in 2017 when she became the first woman to direct a major superhero film. She also is the first woman to direct a movie with a budget over $100 million, with Wonder Woman, which has grossed a massive $821 million worldwide. Her other works including Oscar-winning feature debut, Monster. Her directorial work for shows such as Arrested Development and The Killing have been praised too. Jenkins also received a Primetime Emmy Award for directing the pilot episode of The Killing.

Feature Image Credit: Patty Jenkins/Twitter

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