Taika Waititi’s Star Wars Film is Up Next on Lucasfilm’s Calendar


After revealing Star Wars‘ return to theaters is not very far, far away, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirms Taika Waititi’s Star Wars movie will be the franchise’s first to play in theaters since The Rise of Skywalker in 2019. Rian Johnson could not be reached for comment.



In an interview out of the ongoing Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Kennedy said the untitled movie from the Thor: Love and Thunder director is targeting a “late 2023” release. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, which Kennedy says has been pushed aside at Lucasfilm as director Patty Jenkins continues to develop the script about the new generation of starfighter pilots, previously landed on the December 22, 2023 release date.


Kennedy has confirmed reports that Waititi’s film will mark the franchise’s return to theaters after a four-year hiatus. Kennedy clarified Waititi’s Star Wars is aiming for “not 2023, but late 2023,” adding, “We haven’t locked anything in.”



The next era of Star Wars films has been “in movement all along,” Kennedy said of Lucasfilm’s post-Rise of Skywalker slate. “As we leave the [Skywalker] saga, we have all this great, exciting work happening on the television side that informs so much about where we’re going. We want to be very intentional about that.”


Kennedy continued, “We have great talent that we’re working with — people who care so deeply about what the next iteration of Star Wars is and about getting people back into movie theaters, so we can really come out with a bang. That’s important to us.”


Let’s see where this goes. He’s a better choice than J.J. Abrams at the very least.


via ComicBook.com

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