Taika Waititi was recently interviewed by Total Film to promote the new movie Lightyear, from Pixar, and the topic of his Star Wars film was brought up. The director said that he’s creating an entirely new ensemble of characters for his movie and expanding the galaxy with it.
When asked about Kathleen Kennedy’s comments from last month, where she said that Star Wars needs to expand beyond the Skywalker Saga, Taika Waititi said the following:
“Look, I think for the Star Wars universe to expand, it has to expand. I don’t think that I’m any use in the Star Wars universe making a film where everyone’s like, ‘Oh great, well that’s the blueprints to the Millennium Falcon, ah that’s Chewbacca’s grandmother.’ That all stands alone, that’s great, though I would like to take something new and create some new characters and just expand the world, otherwise it feels like it’s a very small story.”
Waititi also revealed recently that he’s still writing and developing the storyline of his movie, which is not great news for those who were hoping filming would begin this year. Kennedy also said last month that internally they are aiming to release it by December 2023, though they are not attaching themselves to that date just yet. A recent report hinted that the movie could be gearing up to film in L.A., which makes sense — the city has three Volumes, and Waititi has already worked with the StageCraft technology on his episode of The Mandalorian season 1 and while filming the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.
Waititi is currently promoting Pixar’s Lightyear, followed by Thor: Love and Thunder, so expect him to be asked more about his Star Wars movie in the weeks ahead, and as always we’ll keep you updated on the latest.