Majority of Star Wars Films’ Writers & Directors Are White Men
A new report reveals that in 41 years of the Star Wars franchise, 96 percent of writers and directors hired by Lucasfilm for the movies are white men. George Lucas introduced the world to a galaxy far, far away in 1977 with Star Wars: A New Hope, a space opera he wrote and directed. The stories of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) captured the attention of moviegoers around the world and inspired a legion of dedicated fans spanning multiple generations. Though it seemed the franchise had concluded with the final installment of Lucas’ prequel trilogy, Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and announced a revival of the Star Wars film series. The episodic storyline was relaunched with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, but Disney and Lucasfilm also put standalone anthology movies into development, the first of which was Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2016. Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the latest entry of the franchise to hit theaters, but there are plenty more coming, including Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, Johnson’s new trilogy, and the recently announced series of films from Game of Thrones
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