On May 4, 2020, Lucasfilm announced that Taika Waititi would co-write a new Star Wars movie alongside “Last Night in Soho” writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Not much progress has been made on the movie, but it looks like Waititi is still trying to introduce some new talent into the franchise.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Waititi asked the “Black Swan” actress if she ever wanted to be in a Star Wars movie. UM! We’re guessing he forgot about the prequel trilogy?
Taika Waititi ‘Forgot’ That Natalie Portman Was In ‘Star Wars’!
In a conversation about returning for “Thor: Love and Thunder,” Waititi told the publication that a lot of fans missed Portman’s character or Jane Foster, so he decided to bring her back.
“It just seemed like the perfect opportunity, because the character was so great in the Jason Aaron run of Thor,” he explained, adding that Marvel boss Kevin Feige already had expressed a desire to bring Mighty Thor into the film and to bring back Natalie Portman.
“It didn’t take much convincing,” Waititi added of Portman’s return to the MCU.
As the film was wrapping, he said that Portman asked him what he would be working on next.
“And I said ‘I’m trying to work on a Star Wars thing. Have you ever wanted to be in a Star Wars movie?'” he explained. “She said, ‘I’ve been in Star Wars movies.’ I forgot about those ones.”
Portman starred as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and gave birth to Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, so she played a pretty major role in the creation of George Lucas’ universe! Many fans are wondering what that slip might mean for his Star Wars movie going forward!
What Is His New Star Wars Movie Going To Be About?
At this point, it’s not clear what his new movie will be about since he hasn’t even finished the script yet, but he did express an interest in new characters, previously saying it “wouldn’t be about Chewbacca’s grandmother.”
Waititi said, “I saw on Twitter, someone’s like: I’d actually really love to see a movie about Chewbacca’s grandmother. And I was like, I shouldn’t have said that because this is awesome!”
“But I just feel like, for me, I’m never gonna please the fans,” he continued, adding, “I don’t want to mess with something that’s so treasured. Also, you feel like you’ve got to do a lot of research…and I don’t have any time.”
Waititi pointed out that there are “thousands of books that have been written, these volumes of books about Star Wars with all those characters. I just don’t have time to get through them.”
“So I can’t say like, you know, confidently, I’d be able to do something that’s like very close to what everyone knows,” he explained. “I’m not promising that I’m not going to do anything like that. I’m just saying: It’d be easier for me to not do that.”
However, it was mentioned that if the story strays too far from what has already been established, can it still be considered a Star Wars movie?
“You know, what? Whoever said that is actually probably right. Now that I think about it,” Taika Waititi agreed, saying, “Yeah, if you take away all of the Star Wars stuff, it’s not Star Wars. So I retract my thing that I said a couple of weeks ago.”
It was also mentioned that directors have left previous Star Wars projects after creative differences with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
Waititi admitted that it “might happen to him,” saying that, if he had been offered the chance to create a Star Wars movie ten years ago, he would be “so panicked and nervous at the prospect of that.”
“But if it’s not right, it’s not right,” he continued. “If it’s not ready, it’s not ready. [With] Star Wars, I don’t want to rush. It’s something I wouldn’t want to just leap into and not feel that it’s unique, it’s my film, and it makes sense because that would be a disaster.”
“I’m writing at the moment,” he added. “So I’m gonna do my best to come up with an idea that everyone loves.”
Fingers crossed that Kathleen Kennedy loves it as well. Fans can read Taika Waititi’s other comments on the development of his still-unfinished Star Wars film by clicking here.