Where Can Taika Waititi Go For ‘Star Wars’?

Back in May, Disney announced a Star Wars theatrical film is in the works. With Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker wrapping up the Skywalker saga, it seems to be time to move in a new direction. We still have the Kenobi series coming out next year on Disney +, so there’s still some Skywalker action. Suffice it to say, Taika Waititi has infinite possibilities.

Disney and Lucasfilm put one of the hottest directors at the helm of the project in Taika Waititi. He’s been on an absolute roll with Thor: Ragnarok & Jojo Rabbit. He directed the concluding episode of The Mandalorian: Season One, so no worry about him being in unfamiliar territory.

There’s a plethora of options at Taika Waititi’s feet. And since nothing has been announced yet, I picked five ideas that they should consider.


the SEARCH FOR EZRA BRIDGER

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If you’re a fan of Star Wars: Rebels, you already know.

When the Battle Of Lothal concluded, Ezra Bridger insisted on seeing the mission through. That meant making sure Grand Admiral Thrawn didn’t return. He hasn’t been seen since. It left a bad taste in my mouth, and I’m sure you feel the same.

Sabine Wren narrated what happened the next few years after the Battle Of Lothal, and the show ended with Ahsoka Tano showing up, implying they were going after Ezra. There has been some rumors about some collaboration with Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian: Season Two, but I seriously doubt it will tie in Ezra Bridger.

I want a full-on buddy cop movie with Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren finding Ezra and taking down Grand Admiral Thrawn once and for all. Taika Waititi has the imagination to make that happen. I also wouldn’t mind bringing back some other Rebels characters; possibly some flashbacks of Kanan Jarus and Darth Maul? This movie would be awesome and it would do the ending of Star Wars: Rebels some justice.

A new jedi order

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Now this may be more of a personal one, but I would love to see a flash forward movie 20 to 25 years after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Something the sequels were missing was an assortment of Jedi, or dark force users for duels. We got Rey vs. Kylo like six times. It’s time for more new blood.

I want to see a new Jedi Order established with Rey, Finn, Baby Yoda, and maybe even an old Ezra Bridger at the helm. My original idea would have involved Ben Solo if he survived, but we can’t have it all. In 25 years, we’d get a solid amount of new Jedi, stories, and villains. And, we don’t have to stay with the same old “we got one Jedi versus insurmountable odds” routine.

This would give Star Wars a fresh start with the sequel trilogy as the backbone, instead of having to write prequels like with the Skywalker Saga. So many possibilities here for Taika Waititi and his fascination with Star Wars.

MACE windu

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One of the biggest questions of the prequel trilogy is if Mace Windu was actually killed by Anakin and Darth Sidious. Granted, he got a hand cut off, and was thrown out a window with a fall that could kill pretty much anyone. What if Mace landed on one of the air speeders? He could’ve easily survived.

Say he does survive and goes undetected. What’s next for him? The only living Jedi that know each other are Yoda and Obi Wan. They went into hiding and pretty much thought all the other Jedi were dead due to Order 66. This leaves Mace having to go into hiding on any of the thousands of planets in the galaxy.

While in hiding, I don’t see him standing by as the Empire terrorizes the galaxy. I’d love to see a solo movie following Mace Windu in the preceding years after the Great Jedi Purge. Taika Waititi could pose Windu fighting the Empire in the shadows, and possibly taking on a new Padawan. It would definitely be worth the watch.

darth plageuis

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Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?Darth Sidious

If you haven’t it’s time to rewatch the scene between Chancellor Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker in the Galactic Senate, do it. It’s beautiful and ominous, all at the same time.

Sheev Palpatine tells Anakin the story of a Sith lord who completed his lifelong search of immortality. Using the rule of two, Plagueis and Sidious figured out how to cheat death by transferring their consciousness into a new vessel. Sidious used this to escape death in Return of the Jedi, and proved it true. Unfortunately for Plagueis, he was killed in his sleep by his apprentice, Sidious.

It’s ironic. He could save others from death, but not himself.Darth Sidious

This movie could be the first to focus on the teachings of the dark side of the force. We haven’t seen much of that at all, just finished products. I’d love to see a Darth Sidious origin movie too. We see everything he does during the Skywalker Saga, but we never get the why. We’ll finally get that here.

the dark disciple

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This is a story within the Clone Wars that deserves a movie of its own. Asajj Ventress, former Sith apprentice to Count Dooku teams up with brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Voss on a mission to assassinate Count Dooku.

This story could be a great side edition to the Skywalker Saga following movies like Star Wars: Rogue One, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. You’d get two force users new to the big screen who are both bad ass. They’re the perfect team of light and dark — and we’ve yet to see that combo.

The story is full of great duels, prequel characters we miss, love, and sacrifice. It’s a great story within a story. It may not open new doors, but you don’t need that with a stand alone film. This idea would be the easiest idea for Taika Waititi to create. Regardless, it deserves a movie in some fashion at some point.

What else?

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There’s an infinite amount of directions you can take this in, and these are just five of the many I’ve had. We didn’t even get into the Old Republic or The Ones.

With thousands of years of Jedi, and Sith to work with, they could land on a time where we know none of the characters. I’d personally like to stay within the general area of the Skywalker timeline, but I’ll take whatever they give us.

Let us know what you think of these ideas, and what you might like to see them go with. Get creative with it too. It’s Star Wars, anything is possible.

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