Taika Waititi is a very busy man. Though he’s been acting and directing for years, he’s landed a few large-scale projects in the past few years. Thor: Love and Thunder has finished production, and now that Marvel doesn’t seem to need him for the time being, a galaxy far, far away has his full attention.
The director first offered his talents in The Mandalorian both calling the shots behind the camera and voicing murder-droid-turned-robot-nanny IG-11 in season 1. Last year, Lucasfilm announced Waititi would be getting his own movie.
Unfortunately, even with a lot of Star Wars happening across multiple mediums these days, we still don’t know much about the project or when it might release (or whether it will be one of the Star Wars movies supposedly releasing before 2030). In an interview with WIRED, however, Waititi did confirm the movie is still happening. Just … maybe not as quickly as some of us might prefer.
“It’s still in the ‘EXT. SPACE’ stage,” he said, which means the script is still in progress. “But we’ve got a story. I’m really excited by it because it feels very me.”
Which, judging by his past work, means the film will be a seamless blend of humor, adventure, and some good old-fashioned feels — and not at all what you might be expecting. “I like to fool the viewer into thinking ‘ha it’s this’ and then them going, ‘Damn it, you made me feel something!’”
We don’t know anything about when in the Star Wars timeline the movie will take place, which characters it will feature, or whether or not it will connect to other story threads. Thankfully there’s a lot happening between now and Waititi’s TBA movie release.
This month alone, Star Wars fans can expect the season 1 finale of The Bad Batch, more comics, and a Cavan Scott original audio drama. There are more books, Disney+ specials, and shows to come — and likely even more to be announced not too far into the future.
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is the next project to hit the big screen, sometime in 2023.