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Victoria Mahoney to Direct Shadow Force for Lionsgate

Lionsgate has hired Victoria Mahoney to direct its upcoming action-drama Shadow Force, starring Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown, it was announced today by Erin Westerman, president of production for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

Mahoney is the first woman ever to direct on a Star Wars film, having served as second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker.

Mahoney will direct Shadow Force, which will be produced by Stephen “Dr.” Love, who is producing through his Made with Love Media company, along with Washington, who is producing through her production company Simpson Street; Brown, who is producing through his Indian Meadows Productions; and Simpson Street’s Pilar Savone.

The film is executive produced by Indian Meadows’ Danielle Reardon, Jennifer Wiley-Stockton, and by Katherine Atkinson.

Shadow Force, written by Leon Chills and Joe Carnahan, is an action drama centering on an estranged husband and wife 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 directed her first feature Yelling to the Sky in 2011. Born and raised in New York, Mahoney developed Yelling to the Sky through the Directors and Screenwriters Sundance Institute Labs and was named an Auerbach Fellow, Annenberg Fellow, Cinereach Fellow, Maryland Fellow, Tribeca Fellow, and IFP Narrative Lab Fellow.

She was named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine, one of Shadow and Act/IndieWire’s Filmmakers to Watch and one of Three Filmmakers to Watch in Elle Magazine’s Women in Hollywood issue.

Yelling to the Sky held its world premiere in main competition at the Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Bear.

Mahoney has steadily been a director in demand, helming episodes of Lovecraft Country, Grey’s Anatomy, Power, American Crime, Claws, Queen Sugar, and I Am the Night, among others. During her career, she has been hired by luminaries including J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Patti Jenkins, John Ridley, and Debbie Allen.

“Victoria is one of the most impressive and in-demand directors working today,” said Westerman. “Like 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 thrilled to be working with Victoria Mahoney,” said Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown. “Her vision is inspiring. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Her artistry and insight have already deepened this electrifying project.”

She is represented by CAA and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano. Shadow Force is being overseen at Lionsgate by Aaron Janus, and Aaron Edmonds. Quinn Curry is overseeing the production for Made With Love Media. Lionsgate’s Robert Melnik negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio.

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