In case you're wondering about Morano's credentials, she's got over fifty credits to her name as a cinematographer, has directed two features—Meadowland and I Think We're Alone Now, the latter of which premieres at Sundance soon—and has helmed episodes of Billions and Halt and Catch Fire in addition to her work on Handmaid's Tale.
It's a simple fact of life that we need more female directors doing genre pictures, and seeing someone like this get a shot at a huge franchise would be great. I guess there's no way of knowing if someone from the indie circuit will bring a film to completion as Rian Johnson did, or get the boot like Josh Trank, Lord & Miller, and Colin Trevorrow? Only time will tell.
Kennedy's last gamble was Rian Johnson who gave us the Last Jedi. A film that while clearly profitable may have also killed the franchise. Rather than take a low risk approach Kennedy unsurprisingly Doubled Down. After all she had promised the SJWs a girl director and she must therefore provide one no matter the damage the franchise is already suffering.
Cataline fires up the popcorn maker and sits back in his chair.