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'Star Wars' Director Knows Which Woman Should Take On The Franchise Next

Yes, J.J. Abrams. Yes.

If you're one of those people for whom the very mention of Ava DuVernay's name causes automatic fist pump on-set -- like the moment her "shero" Barbie sold out earlier this week because sometimes people can be cool -- we've got some intriguing news for you.

The beloved "Selma" director, who decided against helming Marvel's "Black Panther" project earlier this year due to creative differences with the studio, is "The Force Awakens" helmer J.J. Abrams' first choice for who should pick up where he leaves off with the reawakened "Star Wars" franchise. Yes.

Abrams chatted up Nerdist in an interview released Wednesday (Dec. 9) and said that his "knee-jerk reaction" to the question of which female writer-director he'd like to see journey to a galaxy far, far away for the next episode, is Ava.

"I think [she] would just kill it," he said. "She is as much a fan of genre movies, and hearing her talk about not just 'Star Wars,' but hearing her talk about those kinds of films is evidence that she would just kill it."

Abrams also pointed to her work in the 2014 biopic "Selma" as an example of her particular keenness for "sophisticated and humane" pictures, saying "if she can do that story that well, there's no question she'd kill this movie."

J.J. Abrams on Why Ava DuVernay Should Direct STAR WARS

First, cue the slow clap. Second, someone get Lucasfilm on the phone because this needs to happen.