In a move that makes complete and total sense, Taika Waititi will direct a Star Wars feature film.
Variety reports the What We Do In The Shadows filmmaker will co-write the film with 1917‘s Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Waititi has been linked to a Star Wars project since the beginning of the year, but Lucasfilm chose May the 4th, annual Star Wars Day, to make an official announcement. The film is not yet scheduled, but Disney is holding release dates in 2022, 2024 and 2026 for Star Wars releases.
The choice of Waititi seems obvious to anyone who saw his episode of The Mandalorian or even the way he was portrayed in today’s premiere episode of Disney Galley: The Mandalorian. As fellow Mando director Dave Filoni and creator Jon Favreau point out in the episode, Waititi can find the funny in the Star Wars Galaxy while not making fun of it — a tightrope of tone which has always been part of the series’ successes and missteps from the beginning.
First, though, Waititi will direct Thor: Love and Thunder — which suggests his film will not be the 2022 Star Wars release (unless it comes out in December, of course). But The Mandalorian offers a number of accomplished filmmakers who know how to make Star Wars if his film must be second. In watching Disney Gallery this morning, we were reminded that Filoni and fellow directors Deborah Chow, Rick Famuyiwa, and Bryce Dallas Howard all have the chops to create good features in the format. If Chow wasn’t already working on the Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+, she would be our first choice, but really, any of them could easily deliver an exciting film for 2022.
In the meantime, we’ll start speculating on when Waititi’s film is set and which familiar character, if any, might appear in it.
Also, we’re going to assume his involvement in Warner Bros’ Akira adaptation is at an end.