The new Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian is coming to the Disney+ streaming service, which launches sometime later this year. It boasts an impressive list of directors, including Dave Filoni (Star Wars Rebels), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates). Another name that’s taking the reins for an episode is Taika Waititi, who previously helmed Thor: Ragnarok.
Appearing at the Television Critics Association press tour, Waititi shared some details about the “amazing” experience of getting to help craft his own little corner of the Star Wars franchise. “[Executive producer Jon] Favreau’s a genius and so smart and so good at what he does and creating these worlds,” he revealed during a post-panel group interview. “The scripts are really great. And yeah, it was really fun doing something in the Star Wars universe. It’s every kid’s dream just to see a Stormtrooper. When you’re doing these scenes with like 50 or 60 of them, it’s pretty amazing.”
He was also excited to direct a story involving bounty hunters like Boba Fett. “For most kids growing up with those films, he was one of the most favorite characters, even though he was barely in the films,” the director said. “Bounty hunters, the helmets are so cool. So yeah, I mean just getting to see characters like that and getting to shoot with them was pretty cool.”
And if you’re wondering whether Waititi was able to inject any of his signature style into this new Star Wars property, the good news is there was room for “a little bit” of that.
“You know that Star Wars, you know, is just very different to the Marvel style,” he explained. “They know that whatever was set up in the tone of the first films really should be kind of adhered to and that’s what the fans like and you can’t really disrespect it, I guess, is a nice way of saying it. Can’t have too many jokes, but there’s a little bit. Definitely my tone is in there, with the dialogue and stuff like that.”
While he was able to put a bit of himself into the new Star Wars series, there’s one other high-profile project he’s not going to be involved in. Waititi revealed he will definitely not be directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3., though he definitely sees a future with Marvel Studios.