Patty Jenkins "can't wait" to begin production on her new Star Wars movie as the Covid-19 pandemic recedes.
The Wonder Woman filmmaker's latest project, Rogue Squadron, will take Star Wars into its next era - and she's already been location scouting as she begins work ahead of its 2023 release.
Asked by The Hollywood Reporter about her schedule, she said: "I can't believe what a relief it feels like to go back and make another one (movie). That's what's been so surreal.
"There was something so odd about the pandemic with everything down. Just the thought of, 'We're going to go location scouting. I know how to scout!' These are things I know how to do.
"Whereas everything that we did during this pandemic was so confusing and unusual. I'm just so excited to be working and making a movie. It feels like a warm embrace instead of an overwhelming task. That's such a delightful surprise."
Patty, who also has a Cleopatra epic and another Wonder Woman film in development, also revealed she has been given a lot of freedom on the new Star Wars film.
"I'm fairly free to do the story that we want to do, but you really need to know who's done what, who's doing what, where it goes and how it works, and what designs have been done before," she explained. "It's a whole other way of working that I'm getting up to speed on."
Discussing how work on the movie is going, she added: "It's going amazing. I had been on it already for six months before I even announced that, so we're pretty deep into it.
"We're finishing a script, crewing up, and it's all going wonderful. I'm so excited about the story and excited that we're the next chapter of Star Wars, which is such a responsibility and such an opportunity to really start some new things. It's really exciting in that way."