The folks over at Lucasfilm should really be giving filmmaker Dee Rees a call this week. Rees, the director of powerful human dramas such as Pariah and the Oscar-nominated Netflix release Mudbound, was one of three women who were commissioned by Walmart to create a one-minute short film/ad that aired during the Oscars.
Of the three, who also included Nancy Meyers and Melissa McCarthy, it was Rees who came up with a piece that was a mini-sci-fi epic all on its own. Take a look:
The commercial immediately went viral and Twitter lit up with reactions to it, many of which hit on one recurring theme: that Rees should get the nod to make a Star Wars movie:
With Lucasfilm badly needing to bring some female directors into the Star Wars universe, Rees would seem to be a perfect choice. Her previous films are character-based dramas dealing with racism, homophobia and other pressing social concerns, but the spot clearly shows she can paint on a wide genre canvas as well. Even her Mudbound star, Carey Mulligan, thinks so, as she told Variety:
“If Dee Rees was a white man she’d be directing the next ‘Star Wars,’ she’d be nominated for an Oscar without question."
Other Twitter users pointed out the inclusive, representational nature of the short, within a sci-fi setting:
Rees makes it look easy. And with lots more Star Wars movies coming down the pipeline — including three that will be written by Rian Johnson — she should go right to the top of Lucasilm's list...if she wants the job, that is (some folks would like to see her get behind the camera for Batgirl as well).
What do you think of the spot? Should Rees get that call from Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy as soon as possible?