The Spotlight: Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy wants 'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi for 'Star Wars'

The Spotlight: Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy wants 'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi for 'Star Wars'

Taika Waititi might be tackling a live-action Akira as his next project but Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy is hoping she can lure him to the dark side.

Promoting Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Tokyo, Kennedy tells Newshub Waititi would be a perfect fit in the Star Wars universe.

"Well I would love for him to direct a Star Wars movie," says Kennedy. "And I agree, I think he has exactly the right sensibility. Very exciting to see him step into the Marvel universe and do such an amazing job with Thor. And I think ... uh [nodding]. Let him know."

In the lead-up to Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi made several comments shying away from the idea, ranging from concerns over creative freedoms to finding a story that worked for him.

"I would love to," Waititi told JOE.ie of being involved with Star Wars. "I mean ... you know ... I would be lying if I said I wasn't interested in Star Wars. The thing about it though is it feels like by the time I would be offered anything in the Star Wars universe it would be like "Episode 42" and it would just feel kind of like, just eh. It wouldn't feel very special to me."

I'm sure some combination of time, money and creative thinking could solve any of those concerns. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters Dec. 15.


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