Brian De Palma (born James Giacinto DePalma on September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is a prolific American film director. His is known for films such as Scarface, The Untouchables, and Carlito's Way.
He is notable in Star Wars history as the director of Carrie, since the pre-production process for Carrie coincided with that for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, then simply titled Star Wars. De Palma and George Lucas held joint auditions for the two films, and according to Carrie Fisher, De Palma interviewed the actors instead of Lucas. It is frequently rumored that De Palma would have cast Fisher in Carrie's title role, but she refused to do the required nude scenes. Fisher denied this in an interview with Premiere magazine.
After seeing a rough cut of Star Wars in February of 1977, De Palma reportedly disliked the six-paragraph opening crawl, and helped Lucas shorten and rewrite the crawl into the three paragraphs seen in the final release.