Lucasfilm is looking at Taika Waititi to potentially direct a Star Wars film of his own.
Taika Waititi’s time in a galaxy far, far away may be far from over, as THR reports that Lucasfilm has approached him about directing a Star Wars film. The trade mentions that talks are ongoing, but how those discussions are progressing is unknown. It’s also unclear as to whether the project is the same one Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige is developing. Neither Disney nor Lucasfilm have commented on the matter.
Waititi is no stranger to working with Disney and within the Star Wars universe. He previously helmed Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel Studios, which proved to be a financial and critical success in 2017. The studio also brought him back to direct a sequel, Thor: Love and Thunder, which is slated to begin filming this summer for a 2021 release.
The New Zealand filmmaker then made the jump to the Star Wars universe as both a director and actor on The Mandalorian. Aside from directing the acclaimed season finale, he also voiced the character of IG-11, who the director has come to love.
Following the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga, Lucasfilm is aiming to give the storied franchise a jump by utilizing different kinds of stories and storytellers. The Mandalorian, along with upcoming limited series centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Cassian Andor, represent a shift from big-screen outings. These projects are also being directed and overseen by creators like Deborah Chow and Rick Famuyiwa. And if Waititi is to accept this offer, he would become the first person of color to helm a feature-length film in the Star Wars franchise.
Waititi has a packed schedule, which already includes Love and Thunder and FX’s TV adaptation of his 2014 film, What We Do in the Shadows. There’s also a chance he could return to direct during the second season of The Mandalorian. With this, it will be interesting to see if he can Lucasfilm can make something happen.