"This story 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," Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. "The legend of Rogue Squadron has been long beloved by Star Wars fans, and will move us into a future era of the galaxy."
"I grew up as the daughter of a great fighter pilot, and every day I would wake up and go outside and look up and see my father and his squadron taking off in their F-4s, roaring across the sky; and it was the most thrilling thing still I've experienced in my entire life," Jenkins said in the video posted on her Twitter on Thursday.
"When he lost his life in service to this country, it ignited a desire in me to turn all of that tragedy and thrill into one day making the greatest fighter pilot movie of all time," Jenkins continued. "But try as I might I couldn't find the right story... until now. Now I found a movie about two things I love. So I'll see you very soon."
This makes Jenkins the first woman to direct a Star Wars feature film.working as second-unit director on The Rise of Skywalker. is directing the upcoming Disney Plus series .
Jenkins' next filmdebuts on and in theaters this Christmas.
During the presentation, Disney announced other Star Wars news, including a starring Rosario Dawson. It also shared coming to Disney Plus. Ewan McGregor, who played the Jedi Master in the Star Wars prequels, is reprising his role. Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vader, and he and Kenobi will meet up.
Disney says it will have 10 Star Wars series
Fans took to social media to post thoughts about Jenkins directing the new Star Wars movie.
"I cannot believe this is finally a thing," one tweeted. "I've wanted this movie for 24 years after reading the first book of the original Rogue Squadron series." Wrote another: "I am struggling to explain how excited I am by Patty Jenkins directing a Star Wars movie..."
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