With the news that Taika Waititi will direct and co-write his own Star Wars film, we look at five actors he should reunite with for the project.
Huge news broke yesterday with the announcement that Taika Waititi will be directing and co-writing an upcoming Star Wars film. While details and a time frame are still unknown, fans are already buzzing with the possibilities Waititi brings to the table.
It’s not yet clear what era the film will exist in or which classic Star Wars characters could be involved, but we can take a look at who Waititi might bring on board as a part of the cast. These six actors that have a history working alongside Waititi could be fascinating additions to the upcoming film and the Star Wars universe.
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Jeff Goldblum (Thor: Ragnorak)
The first potential option, and the one that excites me the most, would be seeing Taika Waititi again working with Jeff Goldblum. While Goldblum is most known for his role in the Jurassic Park franchise, he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2017 as Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnorak.
Goldblum’s resume speaks for itself, boasting credits from projects as varied as Jurassic Park, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Fly, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and a key role in the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. As Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnorak, Goldblum once again exuded an eccentricity that he could certainly bring to Star Wars.
Rebel Wilson (Jojo Rabbit)
Known most for comedic roles, Australian actor Rebel Wilson first burst onto the feature film scene with her role as Brynn in Bridesmaids. In the subsequent years, she had key roles in Pitch Perfect, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Cats, and Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit.
Wilson even won an MTV Movie Award and Teen Choice Award for her role in Pitch Perfect, and later returned for the second and third installment of that trilogy. Wilson played Fräulein Rahm in Waititi’s dark comedy Jojo Rabbit, and would bring a sharp comedic flair to Star Wars in any potential role.
Anthony Hopkins (Thor: Ragnorak)
If Taika Waititi wants an absolute legend to hold down the fort in any role on his Star Wars film, there’d be no better choice than Sir Anthony Hopkins. Even at the age of 82, Hopkins brings a veteran skill exhibited over decades of experience on film and on stage.
From his unforgettable portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, which earned Hopkins the Academy Award for Best Actor, to his role as Odin in Thor: Ragnorak, Hopkins always delivers. While we certainly hope to see Hopkins healthy and working for several more years to come, this could be the last opportunity to see him join the Star Wars universe.
Tilda Swinton (What We Do in the Shadows)
While Tilda Swinton is known to some as the Ancient One in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, most notably in Doctor Strange and Avengers: Endgame, it’s not within that realm that she worked with Taika Waititi. On the contrary, their partnership was during the first season of Waititi’s mockumentary comedy horror series What We Do in the Shadows.
In the series, Tilda Swinton plays a character of the same first name who is the leader of the Vampiric Council. Swinton is also known for her roles in The Chronicles of Narnia, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Constantine. With her combination of presence and acting prowess, Swinton would be an excellent pick by Waititi.
Dave Bautista (What We Do in the Shadows)
Another Marvel Cinematic Universe alum who was in a single episode of What We Do in the Shadows, Dave Bautista is relatively new to acting. Despite his inexperience, Bautista has quickly shown an aptitude to adapt to the industry and delivered excellent performances in Guardians of the Galaxy, Blade Runner 2049, and Stuber.
Bautista also has roles in upcoming films Dune and Army of the Dead, both of which are in post-production. Bringing a surprising comedic timing along with the massive physical presence he established during his years as a professional wrestler, Dave Bautista could absolutely be a witty or dim-witted bruiser in Taika Waititi’s upcoming Star Wars film.
Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnorak)
Last, but certainly not least, there’s Tessa Thompson. She worked alongside Taika Waititi in Thor: Ragnorak as Valkyrie, and will reprise that role in Waititi’s upcoming sequel Thor: Love and Thunder.
Thompson’s other notable on-screen roles include Selma, Dear White People, Creed, Sorry to Bother You, Annihilation, and Men in Black: International. At just 36 years of age, Thompson would not only be a great addition to this first film by Taika Waititi, but could become a cornerstone of the Star Wars franchise for years to come.
What actors would you like to see Waititi reunite with?