Taika Waititi joins George Breakfast to talk about his new Star Wars movie

News 05/05/2020

Kiwi Academy Award winner Taika Waititi joined George FM Breakfast after it was announced that he will direct and write a new Star Wars film.

Caught while making toast for his children, Waititi chatted with Kara, Lee and Tammy about the upcoming film, how he's doing in lockdown, and whether Tammy can score a role in the aforementioned flick.

Waititi also touched on New Zealand's conditioned way of thinking when asked if he's ever had a moment of thinking 'I'd better not f**k this up'.

"The F this up thing, I don't think about it like that anymore," he said. "It's a real hang-up from how we're conditioned to think in New Zealand when we're kids."

"May as well have a back-up plan because it's gonna be shit. Everyone just assumes it's not gonna be that good. Like 'Aw, I scored the winning try at the World Cup - it wasn't that good'".

Waititi, who won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film Jojo Rabbit earlier this year, was announced as director and writer of an upcoming Star Wars film on May 4, known as Star Wars Day.

He will pen the film alongside Krysty Wilson-Cairns, an Oscar nominee who won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year for 1917.

Waititi is no stranger to the Star Wars universe, having directed the widely-acclaimed finale to the Disney+ series The Mandalorian. He also voiced a bounty-hunter droid in that show.

No release date has been announced for the film, but Waititi is already signed to direct 2022's Thor: Love and Thunder, a sequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's (MCU) Thor: Ragnarok. He also has his Michael Fassbender soccer film Next Goal Wins coming out later this year.