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‘Star Wars’ Takes Feminist Turn Under New Director

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  • Feminist director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has been chosen to direct the next “Star Wars” movie, set for a 2026 release, making her the first woman and person of color to do so.
  • The upcoming film will follow the story of Rey Skywalker, a female Jedi Master.
  • Obaid-Chinoy has stated that she enjoys making men uncomfortable and believes it’s about time a woman shaped a “Star Wars” story.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a feminist director, has expressed her enthusiasm about being the first woman and person of color to direct a “Star Wars” movie.

The Pakistan-born filmmaker is set to lead an untitled film due for release in 2026, which will follow the story of Rey Skywalker, a female Jedi Master, according to CNN.

“I’m very thrilled about the project because I feel what we’re about to create is something very special,” Obaid-Chinoy told CNN.

She further expressed her belief in the importance of female representation in the “Star Wars” universe, stating, “We’re in 2024 now, and it’s about time that we had a woman come forward to shape a story in a galaxy far, far away.”

In a clip posted by The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh, Obaid-Chinoy shared her approach to directing, saying, “I like to make men uncomfortable.”

She further elaborated, “I enjoy making men uncomfortable. It is important to be able to look into the eyes of a man and say ‘I am here’ and recognize that. And recognize that I am working to bring something that makes you uncomfortable and it should make you uncomfortable because you need to change your attitude.”

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Obaid-Chinoy believes that discomfort can lead to self-reflection and change:

“It’s only when you’re uncomfortable, when you’re shifty, when you have to have difficult conversations, that you will perhaps look at yourself in the mirror and not like the reflection, and then say maybe, ‘there is something wrong with the way I think’ or maybe ‘there is something wrong with the way I’m addressing this issue.’”

Details about the upcoming movie remain sparse. Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey Skywalker, shared some insight in November 2023 with Collider, saying, “The story is really cool. I’m waiting to read a script because, obviously, I don’t have any other updates. It’s not what I expected, but I’m very excited.”

Ridley later told The Hollywood Reporter, “I haven’t read anything, but I know the story. It’s really worth telling, worth exploring, and I think people will be excited.”

Clear Thoughts (op-ed)

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s appointment as the first female and person of color to direct a “Star Wars” movie is a significant milestone, but her approach raises concerns. Her open desire to make men uncomfortable is a divisive and counterproductive approach to storytelling.

Art, including filmmaking, should bring people together, not drive them apart. It should encourage dialogue, not discomfort. Obaid-Chinoy’s comments about making men uncomfortable seem to suggest an agenda-driven approach rather than a story-driven one.

The “Star Wars” universe, a beloved cultural phenomenon, deserves to be treated with respect and not used as a platform for pushing personal ideologies. The focus should be on crafting compelling narratives that resonate with the diverse fan base, not on making a certain group uncomfortable.

Inclusion and diversity are important in Hollywood, but they shouldn’t come at the cost of alienating any part of the audience. Let’s hope that Obaid-Chinoy can balance her personal beliefs with the responsibility of directing such a high-profile film.

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Jeremy

    January 5, 2024 at 7:42 am

    It seems like the woke community may destroy yet another iconic franchise.

  2. James F White

    January 7, 2024 at 6:42 pm

    Already decided not to see that movie. An agenda driven director and story does not excite me into parting with any of my cash

  3. Bruce

    January 7, 2024 at 6:52 pm

    Quite an insecure young lady…

  4. DanP

    January 7, 2024 at 6:56 pm

    More like it will lead to Broke Investors and Box Office Sales. Remember Bud Light?

  5. Gunny Gil

    January 7, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    Say she seduces the enemy and cuts the lower throat to bleed out quickly. Mask is she looks like a Pelosi and Hillary combo

  6. William Stoertz

    January 7, 2024 at 7:14 pm

    It’s a great idea. In the world of space, long colored by male initiative, womanly presence and soulful embrace will be welcomed by celestial bodies and beings everywhere! An idea whose time is blossoming in full bloom!

  7. Robert

    January 7, 2024 at 7:17 pm

    While I agree that the part of the conversation that seems to “scare men” does seem bad, I doubt very much that the movie will be a “woke” item. It will perhaps show that in the “Star Wars Universe” is not limited based on a character’s sexual make up. Perhaps the next installation in the list will show a more balanced members in cannon.

  8. Lynn

    January 7, 2024 at 7:22 pm

    There goes another great series ! Sorry, I am a female and don’t want to see a female oriented Star Wars. Look how they ruined the Ghostbusters movie, which I would not bother seeing. Most shows don’t know how to portray strong women. The only one that was any good was Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds. She never tried to act tough or have a kick ass attitude, just portrayed an average person who could be tough and kick ass as needed when the time came.

  9. ernaldo

    January 7, 2024 at 7:30 pm

    I can’t wait to miss it…..

  10. Robert

    January 7, 2024 at 8:24 pm

    you a stupid sick bitch fuck off.

  11. Rat Wrangler

    January 7, 2024 at 10:39 pm

    Science fiction has always had a much larger male audience than female, so if a science fiction director is going to make a movie specifically for the purpose of making men uncomfortable, she may not sell many tickets.

  12. Andrew Planck

    January 7, 2024 at 11:52 pm

    I’ll not see it, for the same reason I wouldn’t see a movie whose narrow-minded director said, “My purpose is to make women uncomfortable.”

  13. Irondawg

    January 8, 2024 at 12:45 am

    Obaid-Chinoy seems to have found her 15 minutes of fame. If I want to look forward to being uncomfortable as a male I will talk to my Church Pastor about my ex wife and the marriage counselor. No thanks. Obi-Wan will surely look up Yoda and they will agree that the rebel alliance has finally been taken down. Want to know what made Star Wars? We, men, made a fictional story about good vs evil. We did not make a story about how to show your vary biased backside to a very limited audience. I believe the current phrase is “Go woke Go broke”. Sorry, NO SALE.

    • Bruce

      January 10, 2024 at 6:12 pm

      Nailed it…!

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