Day 600 – Leslye Headland

Leslye Headland is the showrunner for the upcoming Star Wars TV series The Acolyte. She will be writing the series (as part of a larger writing room) and will serve as executive producer.

Leslye Headland is a writer, producer, director, and actor most well-known for the 2019 TV series Russian Doll. Not much is known about The Acolyte right now except that it will be a mystery thriller set during the end of the High Republic Era.

Headland’s quote from an interview she did for Variety is one of my favorites:

I am the type of Star Wars fan that doesn’t even have a favorite movie. I just want to live in the universe of Star Wars continually, in perpetuity, forever. So when people are like, ‘What’s your favorite Star Wars movie?’ I’m like, ‘There is no Star Wars movie; there is only Star Wars.’“―Leslye Headland

Leslye Headland is the 600th (and last) individual post for the 365 Star Wars Women Project. And I can’t think of a better choice to end this project that has (not to be dramatic) changed my life and brought me so much joy.

I began this project on Jan 1st, 2018 with a post about Leia Organa. My fictional hero as I was growing up. I’m ending it with a post years in the making. A woman running a Star Wars TV series.

This project has always been about celebrating women working in Star Wars and female Star Wars characters. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t feel salty at times at how hard it was to find women working in some Star Wars projects–both old and new. Or how few women who did work on Star Wars projects were interviewed about their work at times.

As a side note, I’m not retiring the 365 Star Wars website, just stopping the individual posts. And I hope to turn some of the data I have collected over the years into a more proper database that I can add to. The 365 Star Wars Women Project is a history of women working in Star Wars and female representation in Star Wars – there are some great stories in this project and there are many more to be told.

Thank you to everyone. From long-time Lucasfilm employees to new Star Wars fans for supporting me throughout the last few years. Your notes of encouragement, leads on new characters or women to profile, all the sharing of my work … it meant so much. More than you will ever know.

Search the 365 Star Wars Women Archive to find all the posts that have been done for characters and women working behind the scenes sorted by films, TV series, books, etc. (canon & Legends) here.

Read 50+ interviews with women who have worked on Star Wars projects here.

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