Kathleen Kennedy Reveals When Taika Waititi’s Star Wars Film Will Hit Theaters

Posted 2022/05/27 7 0

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Star Wars films are currently in limbo, but more information is coming out about when the iconic franchise will return to the big screen,

The Lucasfilm kickoff panel at Star Wars Celebration contained plenty of announcements about the franchise’s future on Disney+, but there were no updates on any of the films that are currently in the works. Studio president Kathleen Kennedy recently described a “road map” for getting Star Wars back in theaters, which includes a project from Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi. While Waititi’s film was first announced back in December 2020, not much is known about what the story will entail, who will be leading the cast, or when production will get underway. However, Kennedy has revealed when the mysterious film is expected to hit theaters, and it’s surprisingly not too far away.

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In an interview with Total Film at Star Wars Celebration, Kennedy confirmed that Waititi’s project is the next Star Wars film in line. While the Lucasfilm president said an exact release date has yet to be locked in, the film is being earmarked for a late 2023 premiere. The Star Wars sequel trilogy (The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker) all released in the month of December, so even though Kennedy hasn’t officially said as much, a December 2023 release for the Waititi movie would fall in line with what Lucasfilm has done in recent years. If the film is to release in that timeframe, then production would have to begin in the near future. Star Wars films require an extensive amount of back end special effects work, and many big-budget films have been delayed recently because of clogged VFX pipelines. Lucasfilm will have to be mindful of the post-production process if it wants Waititi’s film to hit the mark.


Lucasfilm is Figuring Out Where to Take Star Wars After the Skywalker Saga

As far as what Waititi’s film will entail, it seems Lucasfilm is still very much in the planning phases of what it wants the movie future of Star Wars to be. Kennedy told Total Film that there’s no hesitancy in moving the story past the Skywalker Saga, but it takes a lot of effort in building an entirely new narrative. While Lucasfilm’s main focus is on the variety of streaming series in development for Disney+, Kennedy assures there are plenty of discussions taking place around the state of Star Wars on the big screen:

“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. And 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.”

In addition to Waititi’s secret film, Rogue Squadron by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins remains in development, but will more than likely not see the light of day until sometime in 2024 at the earliest. Earlier this month, Kennedy said Lucasfilm was also still planning to work with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson once again when his schedule clears up. MCU mastermind Kevin Feige is also reportedly producing a Star Wars project that’s being written by Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness scribe Michael Waldron, but that story is in the process of being put together. For now, Waititi is in the on-deck circle with the opportunity to reenergize the Star Wars film franchise.


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