According to The Hollywood Reporter , New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi is among Disney's top choices to direct the next chapter in the Star Wars story. Sources claim that Waititi, whose recent directing credits include the wildly popular Thor: Ragnarok and Oscar-nominated satire Jojo Rabbit, has been approached to develop a feature.

Given the mixed-at-best reaction to J.J. Abrams' final installment in the sequel trilogy (making it the second sci-fi fandom he has annoyed with his boilerplate approach after Star Trek), it could be a smart move to bring in a filmmaker with a more unique, idiosyncratic sensibility, similar to how the long-running James Bond franchise hired Fleabag writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge to make the characters feel fresh and relevant.

Of course, Waititi already has experience as a storyteller in the Star Wars mythology: he directed the recent season one finale of Disney+ spinoff The Mandalorian , as well as providing the voice of bounty droid IG-11 . THR speculates that the set of The Mandalorian is some kind of "testing ground" for directors before they go on to helm their own Star Wars projects, citing the example of Deborah Chow , who directed two episodes of The Mandalorian (becoming the first female Star Wars director) and will next executive produce the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

For his own part, Waititi is tight-lipped as to whether his involvement in a future Star Wars movie is based in fact, although he did deliciously troll his Twitter followers by simply posting the album art from Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.

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In the meantime, Waititi's schedule is already pretty packed. He's getting ready to direct the fourth Thor movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Love & Thunder , in which he will reprise the role of hapless revolutionary Korg the Kronan . He is also reportedly working on a sequel to his horror mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, and a live-action adaptation of the anime Akira.