The most important news of the last few hours is the possible involvement of Taika Waititi in the next Star Wars film, with the main Hollywood industry magazines that have reported an official contact between Lucasfilm and the New Zealand director.
But instead of confirming or denying the news, Waititi decided to simply take note of it by tweeting an image of the cover of a Fleetwood Mac album, entitled – not surprisingly – Rumors.
Thank you very much, Taika, for your helpful contribution.
At the moment it is not clear whether Waititi was contacted to work on the same Star Wars project developed by Kevin Feige or if his name was made for something completely different. Obviously, after directing the final episode of the first season The Mandalorian – the critically acclaimed Disney + series focused on the adventures of a bounty hunter after the fall of the Empire – Waititi has already taken the first steps into the world of Star Wars … literally, by the way, since in the series created by Jon Favreau, he also played the IG-11 droid.
At the moment, it seems that The Mandalorian may be a sort of testbed for Lucasfilm directors before moving on to major film projects related to the franchise. For example, Deborah Chow became the first woman ever to direct a live-action product of the saga, having signed the direction for two episodes of the series with Pedro Pascal. The director will also return to direct the spin-off series Obi-Wan Kenobi with Ewan McGregor.
Recall that among the projects in various stages of development Disney and Lucasfilm include the aforementioned Feige film, the Obi-Wan series, a second season of The Mandalorian, the Cassian Andor series and a spin-off trilogy by Rian Johnson. The next film, which should be set in the High Republic, has a release date set for a generic December 2022.