Patty Jenkins will be the first woman to direct a Star Wars movie


Patty Jenkins is the director of the 2017 worldwide sensation, Wonder Woman. In that movie, Jenkins showcased her ability to connect audiences to her characters in meaningful ways. Her sequel's release has been impacted by the pandemic, but audiences around the world remain eager to join her for another adventure. And now she'll be bringing her unique style of character development and storytelling to the Star Wars universe with Rogue Squadron.

Audiences were introduced to this famous starfighter squadron in the original 1977 Star Wars movie.  A young Luke Skywalker joins Roque Squadron (also called Red Squadron) as they begin the Battle of Yavin, at the climactic conclusion of Stars Wars. Luke flew with fellow squad pilots like Biggs Darklighter, Jek Porkins, Wedge Antilles. The squad also makes an appearance on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), calling itself Rogue Group.  


"Rogue Group, use your harpoons and tow cables. Go for the legs. It might be our only chance of stopping them."    ―Commander Luke Skywalker, Battle of Hoth


Fans grew to love this band of starfighter jockeys even more as Rogue Squadron jumped to video games and graphic novels. It was prominently featured in 'Star Wars: X-wing Rogue Squadron', a 35-issue comic book series, as well as novels and a series of video games. Following the 2016 movie Rogue One, it was established that the famous squadron was actually named in honor of the squad that laid down their lives to obtain vital plans for the destruction of the Death Star.  

And with such a famous band or heroes, fans have also been discussing many of their favorite Star Wars characters from movies, comics, and animated series who could join the squadron.

With the storied history of this group within the Star Wars universe, and how much it is beloved by the fans, this is a very important movie for Disney and Lucas Films to get right.  Patty Jenkins might be making headlines right now because she's the first female director of a feature Star Wars movie, but it will be her ability to produce enjoyable fan-friendly movies within a universe that sometimes suffers from occasional movie missteps that makes her pick to direct Rogue Squadron a brilliant choice. 

While we might have to wait until 2023 for the movie, today Jenkins shared a video on Twitter, discussing her inspiration for the project. And the fact she feels a special connection to this project because her father was a fighter pilot, means Rogue Squadron will certainly feature her hallmark of deep personal relationships within big blockbuster films.