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"Taika's approach to Star Wars will be fresh, unexpected, and…unique. His enormous talent and sense of humor will ensure that audiences are in for an unforgettable ride."
―Kathleen Kennedy[2]

A Star Wars film written and directed by Taika Waititi is currently being developed at Lucasfilm Ltd.


Initial announcement[]

In January 2020, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Taika Waititi was approached to work on a Star Wars movie.[3] The project was officially announced on May 4 on StarWars.com, confirming Waititi's involvement and the addition of Krysty Wilson-Cairns as a co-writer.[1]


Promotional art shown during the December 2020 Disney investor's call.

During a Disney investor's broadcast in December 2020, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that Waititi was already at work on the film's script. A Star Wars logo designed in Waititi's signature style was shown during the film's portion of the announcement, along with art featuring a diamond-shaped object floating in space.[4] On November 8, 2021, in an interview with Wired UK, Waititi revealed that the film's script was still in very early stages, but that "we've got a story. I'm really excited by it because it feels very me."[5]

Further development[]

"Taika is still working away. He's writing the script himself and he really doesn't want to bring others into the process, and I don't blame him. He has a very, very unique voice. So I want to protect that and that's what he's doing, but we're going to make that one day."
―Kathleen Kennedy[6]

In May 2022, Kennedy revealed in a feature for Vanity Fair that Waititi's film was next in the pipeline of upcoming projects[7] and, in an interview with GamesRadar+, said that it was aiming for a late 2023 release.[8] However it was not included on the 2023 Disney release schedule.[9] In an interview with Screen Rant on June 10, Waititi mentioned that he was still in the writing phase for the film and that he is being very intentional to make the story feel like a Star Wars film.[10] Several days later, on June 14, Waititi mentioned how, in his film, he wanted "to take something new and create some new characters and just expand the [Star Wars] world."[11] On June 27, after rumors arose that his movie would begin to film shortly, Taika Waititi spoke out saying that his project would not enter production in 2022, and that he would be writing through the end of the year.[12] On June 29, Waititi stated in an interview that the final script that he submits to Lucasfilm would determine when it will be produced, or whether or not it will be produced at all.[13]

On March 7, 2023, Variety reported that Waititi's film was still in development, and that he would possibly have an acting role in the project as well.[14] On April 7, in an interview at Celebration Europe, Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that Waititi was now writing the script on his own, indictating the departure of Krysty Wilson-Cairns from the project. Furthermore, she mentioned how she wants to be protective of Waititi's distinct voice in the project.[6] On May 10, Waititi mentioned in an interview that he had several acts written, but was struggling in finalizing the middle act of the film, as he did not want it to feel too derivative of other Star Wars material.[15] According to the Film & Television Industry Alliance's production tracking service, the movie started filming on January 2, 2023.[16]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 StarWars Academy Award Winner Taika Waititi to Direct and Co-Write new Star Wars Feature Film For Theatrical Release; Oscar Nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns to Co-Write Screenplay with Waititi on StarWars.com (backup link)
  2. StarWars Future Lucasfilm Projects Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link)
  3. Taika Waititi courted for Star Wars Movie by Borys Kit; Kim Masters on The Hollywood Reporter (January 16, 2020) (archived from the original on June 2, 2021)
  4. DisneyCompany-favicon Disney Investor Day 2020 on The Walt Disney Company official website (backup link)
  5. Taika Waititi talks Free Guy, Star Wars and Thor on Wired UK (November 8, 2021) (archived from the original on August 30, 2023)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Daisy Ridley to Reprise Role as Rey in New 'Star Wars' Film by Vary, Adam B.; Warmann, Amon on Variety (April 7, 2023) (archived from the original on June 19, 2023)
  7. 'Star Wars': The Rebellion Will Be Televised by Anthony Breznican on Vanity Fair (May 17, 2022) (archived from the original on May 17, 2022)
  8. Kathleen Kennedy on the future of Star Wars movies: "We need to create a whole new saga" by Jack Shepherd on GamesRadar+ (May 26, 2022) (archived from the original on May 27, 2022)
  9. TwitterLogo Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) on Twitter: "Disney sent their updated movie release schedule. Looking back at the schedule released in October, I'm counting at least 7 UNTITLED movies added to 2025 and 9 UNTITLED movies added to 2026." (backup link)
  10. Taika Waititi Shares Update On His Star Wars Movie on Screen Rant (June 10, 2022) (archived from the original on March 17, 2023)
  11. Taika Waititi talks his Star Wars movie: "I would like to take something new and create some new characters" by Molly Edwards on GamesRadar+ (June 14, 2022) (archived from the original on November 17, 2023)
  12. Taika Waititi's 'Star Wars' Movie Won't Shoot This Year by Drew Taylor on The Wrap (June 27, 2022) (archived from the original on August 30, 2023)
  13. What Makes Taika Waititi Run and Run and Run? by Dave Itzkoff on The New York Times (June 29, 2022) (archived from the original on October 29, 2023)
  14. 'Star Wars' Shakeup: Kevin Feige and Patty Jenkins Movies Shelved, Taika Waititi Looking to Star in His Own Film (EXCLUSIVE) by Adam B. Vary on Variety (March 7, 2023) (archived from the original on November 14, 2023)
  15. Taika Waititi: "Am I Allowed to Laugh at This?" by Rebecca Keegan on The Hollywood Reporter (May 31, 2023) (archived from the original on September 26, 2023)
  16. Untitled Star Wars Project on productionlist.com (archived from the original on February 6, 2024)

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