Kiri Hart and Kathleen Kennedy at Star Wars Celebration 2016

After Lucasfilm announced that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss had been hired to create a new series of Star Wars films, Variety examined who had been involved in writing and directing previous Star Wars films. They found that of the 24 writers and directors of Star Wars films, including announced upcoming films, 96% were white men. The one exception to the rule that the Variety article includes is Leigh Brackett, who wrote the original screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back (1980). As of yet, no person of color written or directed a Star Wars film.

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