Taika Waititi may be the busiest man in Hollywood in front and behind the camera. Just this year, he will be in Pixar’s Lightyear, directed this year’s Thor: Love and Thunder, and Searchlight’s upcoming comedy Next Goal Wins, we also know he is developing his own Star Wars film. However, thanks to a new report, he will be returning to Star Wars sooner than expected.
According to MakingStarWars, Taika Waititi is returning to voice the bounty hunter turned nursing droid IG-11 in season 3 of The Mandalorian. The site says Waititi will return to voice the character via ADR during the project’s post-production. What is even more fascinating is how the character will return after his heroic demise in season 1.
“The IG droid acts as a “mech” for baby Grogu. That’s right, Grogu literally sits inside the chest of a modified IG-11 who has been reinforced with beskar and has been turned into the foundling’s suit of Mandalorian armor. The little critter is well protected and as dangerous as ever. IG-11 is controlled by Grogu, however, he also acts as Grogu’s “Jarvis.” IG gives him data on probabilities of success and protects the child when need be. And Grogu kicks some serious ass in the series once this upgrade is put into play. He literally beats the shit out of some Stormtroopers.”MakingStarWars
Season three of The Mandalorian is currently filming in New Mexico until the end of March when it is expected to wrap just before filming begins on Ahsoka at the beginning of April. Filming for the season began by October 13, 2021, filming under the working title Buccaneer. Details on the third season are being kept under wraps. However, we do know production has been moving forward on the series without star Pedro Pascal as he is currently finishing up shooting the HBO Max series The Last of Us, based on the popular video game franchise. Pascal is expected to do voice work in ADR. The series is expected to return to Disney+ in late 2022/early 2023.