Patty Jenkins is jumping from superheroes to space. The filmmaker behind Wonder Woman has signed on to direct a new Star Wars movie titled Rogue Squadron. The film will arrive for Christmas 2023.
This makes Jenkins the first woman to direct a Star Wars movie, although Victoria Mahoney was technically the first woman on a Star Wars directing team when she served as second unit director on The Rise Of Skywalker.
Deborah Chow also directed an episode of The Mandalorian, and is helming the upcoming Disney Plus series Obi-Wan Kenobi.
But Jenkins is the first woman to direct a feature length film in the series. So what’s the film about? Well, outside of the title we’re pretty much in the dark. All we know about the plot of film is that it will follow pilots across the Star Wars universe.
Jenkins became the first woman to direct a major superhero film and the first woman to direct a film with a $100 million budget with Wonder Woman back in 2017.
Prior to that, she wrote and directed the 2003 serial killer drama Monster, which earned Charlize Theron a Best Actress Oscar, while Jenkins also won a Primetime Emmy for helming the pilot episode of The Killing.
With Disney expanding the Star Wars universe at a rapid pace – they announced that they would release 10 new Star Wars series on Disney+ over the next few years – there will probably be a little healthy competitiveness within the franchise to create the best content. But the films are still the holy grail of the series, and it will be fascinating to see what Jenkins can do within the Star Wars world.
The timing of this announcement couldn’t have been better, as Jenkins’ next film, Wonder Woman 1984, is just around the corner, hitting cinemas and HBO Max on Christmas Day.