Last year, it was announced that Taika Waititi is directing and writing a Star Wars movie, and it sounds like things are coming together as work will apparently pick up soon.
Waititi recently wrapped filming on the next chapter in the Thor franchise for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Love and Thunder, which releases next May. So with that film now in post-production, it means that Waititi is turning more attention to his Star Wars film, and he spoke about that in a recent interview with Wired.
He joked that “it’s still in the ‘EXT. SPACE’ stage,” a way of noting how it’s still a work in progress, using screenwriting lingo. He did reveal, however, that he’s got a story in place. “But we’ve got a story,” he added. “I’m really excited by it because it feels very me.”
There’s still no release date on this film, but we know that the next theatrical release for Star Wars will be Patty Jenkins’s Rogue Squadron, which is set to release in December 2023. After that, the next currently-scheduled theatrical film for Star Wars is December 2025, so it’s unclear where and how Waititi’s movie will fit in. But one thing that seems certain is that Waititi will bring a fresh perspective to the galaxy far, far away, and I’m looking forward to that.
He’s a very accomplished filmmaker, most well-known for his work directing Thor: Ragnarok but most acclaimed for his work writing, directing, and producing Jojo Rabbit, which won him the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. It was nominated for many others, including for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Star Wars fans might know him best as the voice of IG-11 in the first season of The Mandalorian, as well as the director for the season one finale of the show, “Chapter 8: Redemption.”
While there’s not a ton of new information in this interview, I thought it was noteworthy that Waititi’s film already has a story, but also that he’ll be turning his attention more to this Star Wars film now that Thor has wrapped filming. There’s still a lot we don’t know about this movie, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Waititi’s take on Star Wars.