- 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.”
Here’s the feminist director of the next Star Wars film saying that her goal is to “make men uncomfortable.”
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— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) January 3, 2024
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.”
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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