The moment someone, somewhere first floated the idea of a Taika Waititi Star Wars movie, fans wanted to see it. The writer-director wowed audiences with his blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok. He has made indie films, powerful films, and gotten television series off the ground. He directed the first season finale of the series that brought us Baby Yoda.
So when can we see Taika Waititi’s new Star Wars movie already? What will this movie be about? What else do we know? Let’s get into it.
Taika Waititi is directing the movie and co-writing the script with Scottish screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
Krysty Wilson-Cairns recently wrote the script for her movie 1917. She received a BAFTA award for Outstanding British Film of the Year as well as an Academy Award nomination. Recently, she co-wrote the upcoming Edgar Wright film, Last Night In Soho. She will be the second woman to co-write a Star Wars movie. The first was Leigh Brackett, who co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back.
Taika Waititi is no newcomer to Star Wars. He voiced IG-11 (a droid bounty hunter) during season one of The Mandalorian. He was nominated for an Emmy for his voice work in the role. He also directed the first episode of season one of the series. Some have guessed that The Mandalorian may become a space for testing new voices to work in the franchise. Deborah Chow was the first woman to direct in the Star Wars universe and is now working on the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
While there has been talk of Taika Waititi’s Star Wars movie as far back as January of 2020, May the 4th (an important day for Star Wars fans) was the first day fans could be confident the project was happening. In July 2020, he confirmed the script was being actively written. It wasn’t until November 2020 that the Star Wars official Twitter account confirmed the Waititi movie was happening. Taika Waititi joked on Instagram, “What?? Ugh, as a longtime fan of Star Wars I’m so angry about what I’m about to do to ruin it.”
Where Taika Waititi is Filming
With as little as is yet known about the new Star Wars movie, you might be surprised to learn that work is already being done to gather footage. While we don’t know if Taika Waititi and Krysty Wilson-Cairns have completed the script, they must be confident enough in what they have to know they’re going to need some footage taken at a snow-covered location.
Currently, three days of filming are set to happen in December, 2020 in Scotland’s Highlands. A small crew has been sent to gather footage. Taika Waititi is unlikely to be there, let alone any yet-announced cast members.
What the New Star Wars Movie Will Be About
What do we know so far about the story for Taika Waititi’s Star Wars movie? Basically nothing. While we know that the team is working on the script, we don’t know if it’s done. They haven’t given us any guesses on what it could be about, and it’s hard to make guesses based on what we do know.
So far, we know that Lucasfilm has completed the Skywalker saga, so it shouldn’t be part of that. We’ve also seen how Taika Waititi approached Thor: Ragnarok from a new angle for the Marvel universe.
While the entire movie is not necessarily using the footage being collected in Scotland in December, this information does suggest that part of the movie will take place somewhere cold. Could we be revisiting Hoth, the ice planet? Or possibly Ilum? The First Order took over the Jedi-stronghold in the Starwalker saga.
Realistically, Taika Waititi could just as well be creating an entirely new location of his own. Three days collecting footage could also mean we only see some ice-covered landscape for as much as three seconds in the film. Still, this is our first peek at what Taika Waititi and team are up to.
When You Can See Taika Waititi’s Star Wars Movie
It won’t be the next Star Wars movie you see. There are a lot of Star Wars projects in production right now, and with how the pandemic has slowed things down, timelines have become even more difficult to predict.
That being said, people are still guessing! Some put the movie as coming out in 2023. Most commonly, people are saying not to expect it until 2025. The fact that they’ve begun gathering some footage in Scotland gives some hope that the 2023 timeline might be a better bet, but it’s hard to say! One of the contributing factors here will be what the movie is about. With so many other Star Wars projects happening, the release of Taika Waititi’s will be timed based, at least in part, on when the other movies release. If another Star Wars movie gets delayed, so will this one.
Another factor for the timeline is just how busy Taika Waititi is. He is a sought-after creative mind these days. He is working on Thor: Love and Thunder, a dramedy called Next Goal Wins, and is working on an adaptation of the classic anime Akira.
So, maybe in 2023? Maybe in 2025? We’ll be keeping a close eye on Taika Waititi as things develop. Check back here for future updates.