‘Rogue Squadron’: New Star Wars Movie Coming from ‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins

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Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins will be taking the helm of a Star Wars movie.

In what was just one of the many big announcements made during The Walt Disney Company’s Investor Day presentation, the company announced an upcoming Star Wars feature film titled Rogue Squadron. Jenkins will be directing the film, which Lucasfilm and Disney said “will introduce a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride, and move the saga into the future era of the galaxy.”

Jenkins released a nice little announcement promo on social media. While taking off her roller blades and getting ready to put on a certain familiar uniform, Jenkins talked about her father, a fighter pilot who passed away while in service, and how she had long desired to make “the greatest fighter pilot movie of all time.”

“It’s been a lifelong dream as a filmmaker to one day make a great fighter pilot film,” Jenkins said in a statement. “As the daughter of a great fighter pilot myself, some of the best memories of my life are of seeing my father’s squadron take off in their F4s every morning, and hearing and feeling the awe-inspiring power and grace. When he passed away in service to this country it ignited a burning desire to one day channel all of those emotions into one great film. When the perfect story arrived in combination with another true love of mine, the incomparable world of Star Wars, I knew I’d finally found my next film. I’m extremely honored and excited to take it on, and grateful to Lucasfilm, Disney, and the fans for extending that thrill to me.”

Said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy: “Patty has established herself as one of the top directors working in the film industry today. She’s a visionary who knows how to strike the balance between action and heart, and I can’t wait to see what she does in the Star Wars galaxy.”

Jenkins broke out with 2003 film Monster, which earned Charlize Theron an Oscar for her performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

Rogue Squadron is scheduled for US release on December 22, 2023.

Patty Jenkins (left) and Gal Gadot (right) | Warner Bros.

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