As the calls for Lucasfilm to bring in a female filmmaker for a Star Wars movie continue, one name that tops many people’s wishlist is that of Ava DuVernay, director of Selma and the newly-released A Wrinkle of Time.
Given that she already has an established relationship with Disney through A Wrinkle in Time, and gave advice to J.J. Abrams on Star Wars: The Force Awakens with regards to the climactic showdown between Rey and Kylo Ren, the filmmaker would seem to be a perfect fit for the galaxy far, far away.
However, DuVernay has taken to Twitter to seemingly rule herself out of contention, stating that: “Star Wars is not for me”.
Star Wars is not for me. But, very happy you dug WRINKLE IN TIME. xo https://t.co/CcrhVbY5hT
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 7, 2018
This isn’t the first time that DuVernay has distanced herself from a Disney franchise, with the director revealing that she passed on the opportunity to helm Marvel’s Black Panther as “it really wasn’t going to be an Ava DuVernay film”.
“Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.”
A Wrinkle in Time sees Ava DuVernay directing a cast that includes Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis, Levi Miller, Andre Holland and Deric McCabe.