New Zealand actor, director, and comedian Taika Waititi is currently pretty busy. After he directed Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit, for which he won an Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay, he also directed one episode of the Star Wars series The Mandalorian, in which he also starred as IG-11.
Considering he worked on two of the biggest Disney franchises, MCU and Star Wars, it seems obvious that Waititi loves to work with Disney. His next MCU movie — Thor: Love and Thunder, is set to be released next month, and one of his upcoming projects is set to be an untitled Star Wars movie which he is set to write and direct.
In 2020, Disney confirmed that Waititi was hired to develop a Star Wars movie, but since then we didn’t get any other information, not even a title, let alone a release date or what the movie is going to be about. Still, Waititi, comedian as he is, recently joked that his next movie could be a Jar Jar Binks solo movie. Good one, Taika, good one.
“Imagine if I was like ‘yeah. I’m gonna give you the Jar Jar Binks story that everyone has been asking about.'” — Taika Waititi on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
One thing we can be sure about, no one has ever asked for Jar Jar Binks’s solo story. Star Wars creator George Lucas introduced the character in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, and Jar Jar quickly became one of the most hated characters in the movie industry. Even though Lucas defended the character, Jar Jar’s role has been heavily reduced in the sequels of the prequel trilogy, and after appearing at Padme’s funeral in Episode III, we have never seen the character again on the big screen, and we probably won’t see him ever again. The character also appeared in some episodes of The Clone Wars.
Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder is set to be released on July 8, 2022.