Taika Waititi has been rumored to be helming a Star Wars feature film for quite some time now, but Disney just made it official. The New Zealand director will be headed to a galaxy far, far away but it does not look like his entry into the Star Wars franchise will be happening next. That honor will go to Patty Jenkins and her movie, Rogue Squadron. Still, it is very reassuring to hear that the Thor: Ragnarok director will be applying his talents to the Star Wars universe.
Disney must really enjoy working with Taika Waititi. After his work on Thor: Ragnarok, he found himself as a recurring character in The Mandalorian and even directed the season finale of the first season. He was also announced to be writing and directing the next entry in the Thor series, Thor: Love & Thunder, He also continues to be an actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as he plays Korg, the lovable alien friend that Thor met on the planet Sakaar. With this Star Wars movie announcement, it seems like another piece of evidence that Disney is overjoyed to be working with the New Zealander in whatever capacity they can.
And why shouldn’t they? Taika Waititi has proven himself to be one of the most fascinating and fresh voices in the mainstream cinematic landscape. Besides his work on Disney products, he helped create What We Do in the Shadows by directing the original feature film and establishing the television series of the same name. He was also one of the creative forces behind the cult series Flight of the Conchords, and he has directed some truly astonishing films like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Jojo Rabbit. There is no argument to be made against his wild creative talent, and the idea that he will bring that same energy to the Star Wars universe is cause for excitement.
We don’t know exactly what the specifics of Taika Waititi’s Star Wars film will entail, but we do know he will be directing and co-writing the screenplay with acclaimed screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917, Last Night in Soho). Exactly what kind of subject matter the movie will focus on or even where it will land in the Star Wars timeline is unclear. If we had to guess, we are assuming that this movie will take a similar tonal approach as Thor: Ragnarok and will potentially inject some irreverence into the Star Wars universe. What would be the best arena to exercise that take on the Star Wars world? We don’t know!
What we do know is that Taika Waititi making a Star Wars movie sounds like a good thing. He has yet to deliver a project that hasn’t satisfied on some level. There is no question that he is one of the best talents in the Disney stable today, and we will anxiously await more information about what he plans to do in the Star Wars universe. Will we finally be getting the Dexter Jettster movie we all are craving?