'Star Wars: Episode IX' Hires Victoria Mahoney as Second Unit Director

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She will become the first woman to hold that role in a galaxy far, far away.

Victoria Mahoney is headed for the Star Wars galaxy.

The filmmaker is joining Star Wars: Episode IX as a second unit director, which will make her the first woman to step behind the camera in that capacity for a Star Wars movie. Second unit directors lead a crew to capture additional footage, such as establishing shots and stunts.

Director Ava DuVernay on Tuesday shared the news on Twitter, posting a photo of  Mahoney with Episode IX helmer J.J. Abrams.

"Happy to share this historic news. A black woman directing stories in a galaxy far, far away," she tweeted.

Mahoney responded by tweeting, "Catt's outta the bag," and thanking DuVernay and Abrams.

"This one's for the outliers, dreaming big--in small corners of the Earth. #MaytheForceBeWithYou," she tweeted. 

Mahoney, who is repped by Verve, is known for writing and directing the loosely autobiographical feature Yelling to the Sky, which she developed through the Directors and Screenwriters Sundance Institute Labs and starred Zoe Kravitz and Jason Clarke and Gabourey Sidibe. The film premiered at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Bear. 

She also launched a television directing career with OWN's Queen of Sugar and has helmed episodes of ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Starz's Power. Her recent credits include the pilot for Freeform's Misfits and two episodes of Patty Jenkins' TNT miniseries One Day She'll Darken.

Little is known about her next project, Episode IX, which Abrams is co-writing with Chris Terrio. Lucasfilm is set to open the pic Dec. 20, 2019.