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Russian Doll Creator Provides Update on Her Female-Led Star Wars Disney+ Show

Leslye Headland’s inclusion as the writer, executive producer, and showrunner of this Star Wars project is a milestone achievement for women in this franchise. She will be the first woman to write for a live-action Star Wars project in about 40 years after Leigh Brackett co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, and she has spoken on how she has had her own ideas for the expansive universe ever since her youth in multiple interviews.

In a new interview with Fantastic Frankey, via Comic Book, Leslye Headland revealed that she has been working on her new Lucasfilm Star Wars project for a little over a year. Throughout the worldwide pandemic-induced quarantines and shutdowns, Headland has still been as excited as ever to take her place in the Star Wars universe, and she gave this quote with more insight into her experience with Lucasfilm:

Working at Lucasfilm has been like a dream come true, and kind of beyond my wildest dreams, which I tweeted when it happened. I was like ‘I don’t really know what else to say, except that I love it.’ But that’s what I’ve been working on for the last year – a year and some change. So all of 2020 has been working on that.

At this moment, there are no confirmations as to who will be the central character of Headland’s new series or when in the Star Wars timeline it will take place, although it will be focused on a female hero and will have a sort of martial-arts thriller feel. The series was reported in April 2020 and confirmed shortly after, and there is no timeline yet on when production will start or when its release will come.

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