Sofia Coppola tipped to direct Star Wars movie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 December 2016
Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' director would love if Sofia Coppola directed a 'Star Wars' movie

Gareth Edwards has tipped Sofia Coppola to direct a 'Star Wars' movie.

The 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' director would love to see a female director taking charge of one of the movies in the franchise and Sofia is among his top picks.

Speaking to Vulture, he said: "I'd love to see an Andrea Arnold 'Star Wars', or even a Lynne Ramsey 'Star Wars', or a Sofia Coppola 'Star Wars'. I'd be first in line for that."

Gareth also revealed that he tried to write the movie's heroine Jyn Esro (Felicity Jones) gender "neutral" as he doesn't think it should matter if the main character is male or female.

He explained: "John Knoll, who wrote the original treatment, has two daughters and he wanted to have a hero they could look up to. I feel like one of the most successful heroines in science-fiction cinema is Sigourney Weaver in 'Aliens' -I love her, and as a guy, no part of my brain thinks of her gender. She's just Ripley, that character. We tried to write Jyn as neither male nor female, as just a person.

"Obviously, she's female, but even with the clothing, my goal with the costume department was to design clothes that I would wear as a guy on Halloween. She wouldn't look feminine, and she wouldn't look masculine - she'd be neutral. Jyn is a person who just happens to be a girl."

And Gareth is proud that the movie features an extremely diverse cast.

He said: "I'm British, I grew up in England, and I got to see myself represented in a film. I think it's about time that we represented the rest of the world. We were all in agreement that not just because of the story, but because it's 2016, it's great to have such a diverse cast. The thing about this is the second you say 'Star Wars,' everybody wants to drop what they're doing and get involved, so we had our pick of the whole world to choose from and with such a diverse cast, we could have literally anybody. It's an embarrassment of riches with the cast in the film."

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 2h 13min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Aris
  • UK release: 16 December 2016

Troublemaker Jyn Erso (Jones) and Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor (Luna) lead a rag crew across the galaxy to make contact with Death Star chief engineer Galen (Mikkelsen), Jyn's dad. This is Star Wars from the trenches, with sensational battle scenes and great performances from Jones and Luna.

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