Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Second Unit director Victoria Mahoney is set to direct Shadow Force, an action drama starring Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown for Lionsgate. Mahoney is the first woman and first person of color to hold a directing credit on a star wars movie.
shadow force, written by Leon Chills and Joe Carnahan follows, the story of an estranged husband and wife with a bounty on their heads. They are forced to flee with their son to avoid their former employer – a shadow ops unit that was sent to kill them.
“Victoria is one of the most impressive and in-demand female directors working today,” said Erin Westerman, president of production for Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. “As with all of her work, she will bring iconic action, warmth, style and gravitas to Shadow Force. We know she, along with Kerry and Sterling and the talented production team, will elevate this exciting production.
“We are absolutely delighted to be working with Victoria Mahoney. His vision is inspiring. His enthusiasm is contagious. His artistry and insight have already deepened this electrifying project,” added Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown in their own statement.
Shadow Force will be produced by Stephen “Dr.” Love through his company Made With Love Media alongside Washington company Simpson Street and Brown’s company Indian Meadows Productions. The film is produced by Indian Meadows’ Danielle Reardon, Jennifer Wiley-Stockton and Katherine Atkinson.
Mahoney directed his first feature film shout to the sky in 2011 where he was nominated for a Golden Bear. She has also worked with JJ Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Patti Jenkins and Debbie Allen. Mahoney recently directed episodes of country of love, sugar queen, Grey’s Anatomyand To be able to.
Mahoney is replaced by CAA and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano. Shadow Force is overseen at Lionsgate by Aaron Janus and Aaron Edmonds. Quinn Curry oversees production for Made With Love Media. Lionsgate’s Robert Melnik brokered the deal on behalf of the studio.