‘Star Wars’ Continues to Embrace Female Leadership, As Long As They’re Not Directing Films

Lucasfilm has added yet another name to its growing list of female leaders: producer Michelle Rejwan, who Deadline reports has been named Svp of Live Action Development and Production for Lucasfilm. Rejwan is already very much in the Lucasfilm and “Star Wars” fold, as she serves as a producer on the upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” and was also a co-producer on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Lucasfilm boasts an impressive number of women in leadership positions: Kathleen Kennedy has long led the production company as president, and she’s joined by a list of other behind-the-scenes women. And yet Lucasfilm’s marquee property — “Star Wars,” of course — has long struggled to echo that kind of equality in its most visible position: feature film director.

There have been strides made recently, with Bryce Dallas Howard signing on to direct an episode of the upcoming Disney+ series “The Mandalorian
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