Jill Soloway, creator of Transparent and I Love Dick, will replace Bryan Singer as the director of Red Sonja on the heels of a damning piece in the Atlantic alleging Singer sexually assaulted multiple underage boys (not to mention years of similar rumors).
Initially, Millennium Films said it would keep Singer on as director despite the allegations. Then in February, the company announced that shooting for the film had been delayed. And on June 21, Variety reported Soloway would replace Singer as production moves forward in what the outlet calls a “solid strategic move,” given Soloway’s position “at the forefront of the diversity and inclusion movement in show business, both as a gender non-binary person and a creator on the groundbreaking transgender-centered Amazon Prime series Transparent.”
In April, it was announced that Transparent star Jeffery Tambor would be killed off the show after being fired amid accusations of on-set sexual harassment from multiple women who worked on the series, a decision Soloway has since said they hesitated to make out of a desire to “protect the show.”
But Soloway does seem like the right person to bring nuance and humor to Red Sonja, which centers on a Marvel character with origins in the Conan the Barbarian series. The original Red Sonja film starred Bridgitte Nielsen, and we can only pray to the casting gods that the new one will return her to us in some capacity.