Taika Waititi Eying is a Role in His Own “Star Wars” Film Amid Lucasfilm Changes

Taika Waititi at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in 2018
Taika Waititi at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in 2018. Photo by Maria Laura Antonelli/REX/Shutterstock (9877145j)

It’s been a while since we’ve gotten to see a Star Wars film on the big screen, and it seems that’s about to change pretty soon. Taika Waititi is currently plotting his own film in the Star Wars universe, and he’s also eyeing a role in this project.

The Oscar-winning writer of Jojo Rabbit is no stranger to directing a major blockbuster. He previously joined forces with Disney for Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok and went on to direct its Thor: Love and Thunder. He also voiced and motion-captured the character Korg, so he definitely has the habit of casting himself in his own movies.

Waititi’s involvement is quite exciting, but it comes amid a major Lucasfilm shakedown that left several other projects on the back burner. Most notably, Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron and the Kevin Feige project that has Michael Waldron attached as a writer are no longer in active development.

Lucasfilm hasn’t released a new Star Wars film since The Rise of Skywalker in 2019, but the studio kept fans pretty happy through their acclaimed Disney + shows, including The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Andor. Several more series are in development, including The Mandalorian spinoff Ahsoka and Leslye Headland’s The Acolyte.