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Taika Waititi Wants to Expand The Star Wars Universe With His Film

As we get closer to the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, more questions are getting asked to Taika Waititi about his Star Wars film, which he’s currently developing.

Waititi has been more candid on the project as of late and he spoke with TotalFilm about it. In the interview, the director revealed that he wants to create new worlds and characters, as well as expand the universe we all know and love.

“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.”

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Details on Waititi’s Star Wars project are being kept under wraps at this time. However, a recent production listing has the film shooting in Los Angeles, California. This will likely be at the studio in Manhattan Beach, where Lucasfilm has filmed The Mandalorian. This could also hint that the production could make use of the Volume, the revolutionary technology used to bring worlds to life on set during filming. The Volume is technology that Waititi is very familiar with as he worked with it on The Mandalorian and Thor: Love and Thunder.

The film will aim for a December 2023 release, according to Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, meaning the project will be expected to start filming sometime this year. Taika Waititi’s Star Wars project now takes over the release date previously held by Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron movie. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron had been delayed due to Jenkins’ schedule as she still had Wonder Woman 3 and Cleopatra on the horizon. Jenkins has since left the director’s chair of Cleopatra t to focus on Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.