Hot on the heels of his success with Thor: Ragnarok, Taiki Waititi may one day have an opportunity to take an even larger franchise by the horns: Star Wars. Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy has told media that she would “love” to see Waititi helm a Star Wars film, and went as far as to informally offer him the job.
“I would love for him to direct a Star Wars movie,” Kennedy told New Zealand’s Newshub while promoting The Last Jedi in Tokyo. “I think he has exactly the right sensibility. It was very exciting to see him step into the Marvel universe and do such an amazing job with Thor.”
When Newshub asked if this was a genuine job offer, she said, “Yeah,” and encouraged them to “let him know”.
Waititi, also known for 2016’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople and the cult classic What We Do in the Shadows, hasn’t yet responded to Kennedy’s comments, but he has actually talked about joining the Star Wars universe before, after a fan brought up the idea on Twitter.
“I’m not an idiot. Who would actually say no to Star Wars?” he told Uproxx in October while promoting Thor: Ragnarok. However, he said to The New York Times, “That particular franchise seems really hard. There’s not much room for someone like me.”
Now, given his success with another Disney-owned property, he may just have enough of a foot in the door to make room for someone like himself. And with a new Star Wars trilogy created by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson planned, there may just be a couple of new Star Wars movies with vacancies for a director in a future that’s not far, far away.