There have now been nine live-action Star Wars movies, with at least five more confirmed on the horizon, but the franchise hasn’t had a female director yet. Hopefully, that’ll change as Lucasfilm continues making Star Wars movies, but a new report suggests there’s a serious contender: The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano.

Morano, who directed the first three episodes of Hulu’s acclaimed adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic book, recently met with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter In the interview, the 40-year-old director explains that Kennedy, who is essentially the boss of all thins Star Wars, really liked her work on Handmaid’s Tale and called her in for a 2-and-a-half hour meeting.

“I guess she was watching with her daughter and then called people and was like, ‘Who’s this Reed person?’” Morano told THR. “[Kennedy’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.”

Morano can’t say anything else about what she and Kennedy were talking about, but we can speculate. None of the upcoming Star Wars movies we officially know are on the docket are in need of a director. Ron Howard’s directing Solo, J. J. Abrams is coming back to helm Episode IX, and Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s got a whole new trilogy to himself. So, if Morano is going to direct a Star Wars movie, it would probably be something we don’t know anything about, unless she’s attached to the rumored Obi-Wan movie, which seems unlikely.

Jyn Erso.

Morano hasn’t directed a blockbuster before, but then again, neither had Johnson. In addition to Handmaid’s Tale, she directed the indie films Frozen River, The Skeleton Twins, Kill Your Darlings, and the new post-apocalyptic drama premiering at Sundance I Think We’re Alone Now, which stars Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning. A Star Wars movie would certainly be a much bigger project than anything she’s tackled before, but she has the credentials, and Star Wars could always use a fresh voice.

Presumably, this rumor is giving whoever made that sexist, “no-women” edit of The Last Jedi an aneurysm. If only for that reason, let’s hope something comes of it.


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We’re all in the Long Night while waiting on Game of Thrones Season 8. Now, possibly out of desperation, one fan has cooked up a horribly tragic theory about how Jon Snow will have to become the Night King to stop his undead army. If true, this would reshape everything we know about the Night King, Azor Ahai, and how the series will end.

What if the good guys just lose and abandon the continent altogether That’s the gist of the latest Game of Thrones Season 8 theory to emerge from Reddit.

Over on “A Reddit of Ice and Fire,” redditor alacer88 explained a short theory about how the HBO series might conclude. “What if the GoT finale would see everyone leaving Westeros and finding a safe place in Essos, where Daenerys is the only Queen,” the post reads. “We know from the last episodes that the dead and the white walkers cannot swim (except the ones who rescue the dragon from the bottom of the frozen lake for tying the chains).”

Stranger Things Season 3 is set to release some time next summer. That’s a long time to wait before we can finally head back to 1980s Hawkins, Indiana, but in the meantime, a new interview with David Harbour (Jim Hopper on the Netflix series) is offering fans a taste of what’s to come when the Stranger Things Season 3 release date finally arrives.

This is some multi-reality brain magic shit.” Emma Stone’s words in the new trailer for Maniac, an upcoming Netflix original series, seem to do a pretty good job of encapsulating the plot. Created by Patrick Somerville (The Leftovers), directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (It, True Detective Season 1), and starring Stone, Jonah Hill, Sally Field, and Justin Theroux, Maniac looks like a cross between Inception and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In other words, it looks awesome.

The upcoming live-action Star Wars show will cost a whole bunch of Credits — or perhaps a whole bunch of Gold Dragons. The reported budget for Jon Favreau’s 10-episode series is $100 million, or about $10 million per episode. That puts the show on par with Game of Thrones, HBO’s tremendously expensive (and popular) fantasy series.