Taika Waititi Has Perfect Response To Latest Star Wars Speculation Surrounding Him

Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis in the film JOJO RABBIT. Photo by Kimberley French. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Yesterday we heard through trade THR that their sources had informed them Lucasfilm was actively pursuing Taika Waititi (pictured above) for their next Star Wars movie. The next Star Wars movie is officially still dated as hitting theaters in December 2022. I do wonder whether that date will slip now, and I also kind of hope it does. I don’t want whatever comes next to feel rushed.

Of course, there has been no official word form Lucasfilm or parent company Disney, and it seemed unlikely that Waititi himself would respond until he either agrees or rejects any approach made. However, Waititi did respond on social media, and with his trademark humor intact gave us absolutely no idea whether this is true or not. Check it out.

I love how no one could read into his response and say, surely this is confirmation or denial. In some ways it’s even better than saying nothing at all. Waititi, of course, directed the final episode of Season 1 of The Mandalorian and fans across the world seem pretty happy with that finale. Personally, I thought the Stormtrooper target practice scene was inspired and made by a less talented filmmaker could have come across tonally all wrong in that episode.

This gives us no insight into whether Lucasfilm is chasing Waititi, but THR like most trades has access to sources that many scoop outlets do not. Therefore when they say this is happening, I think we have to assume that whether it works out or not, there must be some truth to it. Waititi’s next project is a smaller project called Next Goal Wins, a Soccer movie, which is a risk as I don’t think anyone has ever made a good Soccer movie before. After that he is then going to be making Thor: Love and Thunder, which we know from the director’s own words, is set to begin filming this August in Australia.

Could Waititi really develop a Star Wars movie, whilst making Thor: Love and Thunder, and Next Goal Wins and still have it ready by December 2022? I would have serious doubts about that. I would, therefore, expect to hear about a delay in the next Star Wars movie the next time we hear anything official. Perhaps even utilizing the date for the second movie which was December 2024? That would be a more reasonable length of time to develop a script from scratch and have it ready for release.

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What do you think of Waititi’s response, and what do you think of him directing the next Star Wars movie? Leave your thoughts below as always.

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