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J.J. Abrams Thinks Ava DuVernay Should Direct a ‘Star Wars’ Film

J.J. Abrams Thinks Ava DuVernay Should Direct a 'Star Wars' Film

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It’s been quite the week for Ava DuVernay. On Monday, her limited edition Barbie doll sold out in a mere 17 minutes from Amazon and Mattel’s website, and now she has received quite the big endorsement from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams. 

Stopping by Nerdist during the promotional campaign for the surefire blockbuster, Abrams was asked by senior editor Dan Casey which female filmmakers he’d like to see behind the camera for a “Star Wars” movie, and he wasted no time coming up with his answer.

“The knee-jerk reaction if I had to is Ava DuVernay, who I think would just kill it,” the director said. “She is as much a fan of genre movies and hearing her talk about not just ‘Star Wars’ but those kinds of films is evidence that she would just kill it. When you look at her work in ‘Selma,’ which was as well told and as sophisticated and humane a film as I think has come out in the last decade, if she can do that story that well, there’s no question she would kill this movie.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens nationwide December 18, and DuVernay is currently in the middle of a handful of upcoming projects. 

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