Rogue Squadron director Patty Jenkins opens up about being the first woman to direct a Star Wars movie.
The future of Star Wars is certainly looking bright after the recent Disney Investor presentation revealed a fascinating number of projects being worked on by Disney and Lucasfilm. One of those is Rogue Squadron, which will be directed by Wonder Woman 1984‘s Patty Jenkins. In an interview with Yahoo, she opened up about being the first woman to helm a Star Wars movie and what she’s attempting to do with Rogue Squadron.
“If I can be in a groundbreaking position to pave the way for other people, that’s amazing. I hope that I get to do that. But luckily [Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984] were not no pressure, either. So I’ve gotten pretty used to the fact that there’s really nothing you can do about it. You just have to try to make a great film and really be diligent about keeping your eye on the ball and always making sure you’re thinking about everything. So I will carry forward and try to make a great movie.”
Patty Jenkins explained that she was hesitant about taking on a Star Wars movie, but it was the very nature of Rogue Squadron that brought her onboard. The director pointed out that because she grew up around fighter pilots, this kind of movie is something she’s been desperate to take on. With the positive reviews coming out of the Wonder Woman sequel, it’s likely that Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron will be a gripping Star Wars film.
“What happened was [Lucasfilm] just approached me and [asked] would I ever be interested and I said it would really depend on what the story was. I just always want to make sure that I feel I can make an amazing movie. And when they said Rogue Squadron I almost gasped. Because I couldn’t believe that they were so wise to know and somehow intuit that that’s exactly what I’ve been dying to do for so long because of my past and growing up around fighter pilots. It really is a movie I’ve been dying to make. I spent years trying to make a movie about Chuck Yeager. So this is just a huge honor to get to take this on.”
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Patty Jenkins recently wrapped Wonder Woman 1984, which is set to hit theaters and HBO Max on Christmas Day of this year. She is expect to direct the third installment in the Wonder Woman series and is also attached to a live-action Cleopatra feature starring Gal Gadot for Paramount Pictures.
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