Taika Waititi is a 45-year-old film and television director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and comedian from New Zealand. He has 2.4 million followers on Instagram and has won many awards, including an Academy Award, a Grammy, and two Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
Knowing that the Marvel superhero franchise is targeted towards entertaining children, Waititi tried to put himself in the headspace of his target audience to give them the movie they wanted to see when directing “Thor: Ragnarok.”
“We decided that we’re gonna do it like a bunch of six-year-olds made a movie, that we were gonna put anything in, any idea that anyone had however crazy we were filming it and we’ll just put it in and that’s what we did,” he explained.
The move seemed to be a success, as the film received many positive reviews and seemed to reignite interest in the “Thor” films.
A Diverse Cast
The “What We Do in the Shadows” director also saw the importance of adding to diversity in the cast, admitting, “with comic books, in general, there has never been a huge amount of diversity.”
“They wanted to try to increase that [diversity] in their films so it was in the back of our heads with casting Valkyrie, but Tessa just happened to actually be the best person after, you know, we auditioned,” he explained.
Best Known Works
Waititi has an impressive resume that is only getting longer by the day.
He wrote, directed, and starred in the critically acclaimed, “Jojo Rabbit,” which centers around a young boy in Nazi Germany and his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler. The film won many awards, including the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Aside from being a major player in the Marvel franchise, Waititi has also directed an episode of “The Mandalorian,” which helped put the Disney+ streaming service on the map at the time of its release.
“Star Wars” Future
Although Lucasfilm has been shy with the details, it’s rumored that Watiti has been tapped to direct and co-write a “Star Wars” film of his own creation.
“Star Wars is very different to Marvel style,” he explained. “They know that the tone of the first films really should be kind of adhered to. That’s what the fans like and you can’t really disrespect it I guess is a nicer way of saying can’t put too many jokes in. There’s a bit, definitely, my tone is in there, the dialogue and stuff like that.”
In the meantime, fans of the franchise can look forward to seeing “The Force Awakens” star John Boyega returning in the sequel to his 2011 cult classic, “Attack the Block.”
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