Director Reed Morano is largely responsible for getting Hulu's acclaimed adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale off the ground — she directed the first three episodes, which hooked viewers into the world of the subversive-yet-horrifyingly-real series. While she wasn't able to fit the show's second season into her schedule, she may be moving on to something bigger — perhaps even something in the galaxy far, far away.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Morano revealed that she has recently met with Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm and all things Star Wars. Though it is unclear what project they may have been discussing, Star Wars was surely on the table.
Kennedy had been watching Morano's work on The Handmaid's Tale, and as Morano says, "I guess she was watching with her daughter and then called people and was like, 'Who's this Reed person?' She probably thought I was a guy because of my name." Morano ended up having a two-hour meeting with Kennedy, saying, "She's amazing. We're talking about adventure movies, and I'm not even remembering that she produced Goonies. Any movie that I put my finger on that I loved when I was growing up was a movie that she produced. Anyway, it was a great meeting. Obviously, I can't say anything about what else we were talking about."
She can't say, but we sure can speculate. While many upcoming Lucasfilm projects already have directors in place — J.J. Abrams for Episode 9, Rian Johnson for a mysterious new trilogy, and Steven Spielberg for Indiana Jones 5-- there could certainly be potential for Morano to helm the still unannounced third "spin-off" film. Though it has been rumored that the third of the "Blank: A Star Wars Story" anthology movies will be an Obi- Wan Kenobi prequel (with Stephen Daldry rumored to be attached), that is far from a sure thing. Morano could be in discussions for a Star Wars spin-off featuring a galaxy full of different characters — for all we know, Rey's Drunk Parents: A Star Wars Story is being prepped at this very moment.
Another possibility (given Morano's television pedigree) is that Morano could be in the process of being tapped for the long-awaited Live Action Star Wars television show, which is still quite a few parsecs away. If they are looking for someone to give that show some style, Morano would be an excellent choice.
Though it is true that Morano's meeting may not have been about Star Wars at all, it is a very exciting prospect. The series has never had a female director behind one of it's films, and it is definitely time for that to change — especially when someone as talented as Morano is in the picture. We'll have to wait and see how this pans out, but in the meantime...blessed be the jogan fruit?
What Star Wars story (or character) would you be interested in seeing Morano tackle? Boba Fett vs. Cad Bane? A young Leia story featuring Mille Bobby Brown? Ahsoka Tano and the Siege of Mandalore? Something completely new? Let us know in the comments!
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)