J.J. Abrams believes that one of the new Star Wars movies should be directed by a woman and wants Ava DuVernay to be part of the franchise.

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

DuVernay whipped up a storm earlier this year when she brought Selma to the big screen and has since been linked to the director's chair for Marvel's Black Panther - a project that she did walk away from.

Abrams will be in the Star Wars director's chair for the first time this December when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits the big screen. However, he is already thinking about who could direct future movies.

Asked which female writer or director he would choose to tackle the franchise, he told 'Nerdist': "The knee-jerk reaction, if I had to, is Ava DuVernay, who I think would just kill it. She is as much a fan of genre movies, and hearing her talk about not just 'Star Wars,' but hearing her talk about those kinds of films is evidence that she would just kill it.

"When you look at her work in 'Selma,' which was as well-told and as sophisticated and humane a film as I think has come out in the last decade, if she can do that story that well, there's no question she would kill this movie."

And it sees that DuVernay was pleased with Abrams's choice as she took to Twitter posting, 'The force is strong with this one.'

Selma was met with critical acclaim earlier this year and went on to be nominated for the Best Motion Picture Oscar and Best Original Song; winning the latter.

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And eighth film is in the pipeline with Rian Johnson at the helm and filming on spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is already well under way.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released 17th December.

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