Sharmeen Abed-Chinoy will become the first woman and person of color to direct a Star Wars film with a new film in the franchise, and actress Daisy Ridley will return as Rey's character.
"News OUT!" Obeid-Chinoy wrote on Instagram following the official announcement of Star Wars Celebration Europe, a four-day event in London, on Friday.
"I'm really excited to be directing the Star Wars movie and…bringing [Ridley] back to the galaxy," the Pakistani-Canadian director wrote.
Obeid-Chinoy has previously won two Oscars for the documentaries Saving Face (2012) and The Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015). She recently starred in two episodes of the Disney+ series Ms. A Miracle".
He will direct from a screenplay by Pican Blinds creator Stephen Knight. Although not much is known about the film, the Walt Disney Company's press release states that the film is set "15 years after the final events of the Skywalker saga" and will "tell the story of the restoration of the New Jedi Order." " ". with king
The character was last seen in 2019's The Rise of Skywalker and unfortunately suffered some backlash due to aesthetic and narrative variances from 2017's The Last Jedi. At the time, it was believed to be Ridley's last appearance in the franchise.
"When we were involved … I cried all day," she told People in 2021. "I felt like a vein would burst from crying so much."
"It's just exciting," said multiple Star Wars project contributor Jon Favreau of Ridley's return this week. "I always find it very satisfying, very satisfying, when there are people who have gone through Star Wars and come back to Star Wars. It just shows you how strong this community is and how connected they were.”
The involvement of Obaid-China and Ridley wasn't the only announcement on Friday, as Logan director James Mangold and Dave Filoni, executive producer of The Mandalorian, were also announced to be directing the new films.
However, the franchise has recently run into trouble with its proposed offering. In 2020, Disney announced Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins would be the first female Star Wars director, only for the company to push back on the project, which was set to debut in 2023.
Meanwhile, Knight stepped in as a writer for the franchise after the previous writer left in February.