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Victoria Mahoney Becomes First Ever Black Female Director For Star Wars Franchise

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Victoria Mahoney Becomes First Ever Black Female Director For Star Wars Franchise

Filmmaker Victoria Mahoney has made history in a galaxy far, far away.

Mahoney was chosen to serve as the second unit director for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX film, according to E News.  She will reportedly oversee the supplementary footage for the project, which includes establishing shots, filming stunts, inserts, and cutaways.

Mahoney previous works include directing episodes for television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Queen Sugar, and American Crime. Her latest gig with Star Wars marks the first time in the franchise’s history that a Black woman has held a directorial position.

Fellow director Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to share the news. “Happy to share this historic news,” she posted. “A black woman directing stories in a galaxy far, far away. First unit director #JJAbrams. Second unit director @VictoriaMahoney. #StarWarsE9 #StarWars.”

Mahoney then retweeted it and thanked DuVernay for helping her land the role. “Catt’s outta the bag. Thank you @ava for putting my name in the #StarWars #LucasFilm hat,” she tweeted. “Thank you #JJAbrams for inviting me on your ferocious ride. *This one’s for the outliers, dreaming big–in small corners of the Earth.”

Star Wars Episode IX is slated to be released in December 2019.

Associate Editor, All Black Media

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