Victoria Mahoney, who became the first woman ever to direct on a Star Wars movie when she served as second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, has been tapped to direct Lionsgate’s action-drama Shadow Force starring Sterling K. Brown and Kerry Washington.
Written by Leon Chills and Joe Carnahan, Shadow Force follows an estranged couple with a bounty on their heads who must go on the run with their son to avoid their former employer — a unit of shadow ops that has been sent to kill them.
Mahoney made her directorial debut with the 2011 drama Yelling to the Sky, which was developed at the SundanceInstitute Labs before it debuted in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Bear. Since then, she has seen her profile rise in the industry, having worked with luminaries such as J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Patty Jenkins, John Ridley and Debbie Allen.
As a director, Mahoney’s list of TV credits includes episodes of Lovecraft Country, Grey’s Anatomy, Power, American Crime, Claws, Queen Sugar and I Am the Night, among others. She’s represented by CAA, and Lionsgate’s Robert Melnik negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio.