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How Ava DuVernay made ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ a better film

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Ava DuVernay is busy. When she’s not directing Oscar-nominated feature films and unleashing critically acclaimed must-watch entertainment unto the television landscape, she’s live-tweeting the presidential debates and generally living the kind of best life that lets you pose in front of step-and-repeats with Oprah Winfrey. But somehow, DuVernay has managed to squeeze “part-time lightsaber duel consulting” onto her C.V.

On Wednesday, Yahoo Movies published an exclusive commentary excerpt from the upcoming four-disc Star Wars: The Force Awakens collector’s edition, out Nov. 15. According to the audio track, The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams showed an early cut of the sci-fi epic to DuVernay, who made “a bunch of great suggestions.”

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“She really wanted to see Daisy, in her attack on Ren, coming up to have one really cool moment,” Abrams said of the two characters’ climactic lightsaber duel. “Boom! [It’s] a little thing, but it really connects you to her intensity.”

Good thing he listened! She was right! It does! The poster for 2011’s I Don’t Know How She Does It but with Ava DuVernay’s face Photoshopped over Sarah Jessica Parker’s! Listen to more of Abrams’ Force Awakens commentary, here.