Taika Waititi Tortures ‘Star Wars’ Fans With Jar Jar Binks Movie Plot

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Thor franchise manager Taika Waititi (JoJo Rabbit, free guy) is about to take a break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to enter a galaxy far, far away. The Oscar winner has become one of the hottest commodities in Hollywood, and Lucasfilm, Ltd. is the next studio to reap the rewards of its collaboration with Waititi.

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Waititi is working on his next star wars film for several years, but thanks to a reshuffling of the Lucasfilm release schedule – which saw Patty Jenkins Star Wars: Rogue Squadron moved from 2023 to 2007 — star wars fans got to see his installment in the star wars saga sooner rather than later.

Recently, the director jokingly tortured the fandom by joking that his movie will feature a plotline about the much-maligned prequel trilogy character Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best).

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The “clumsy, well-meaning” – and almost universally hated – Gungan appeared in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), and the animated series by George Lucas and Dave Filoni Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

There were many rumors that he was going to resurface in Deborah Chow’s recent report Obi Wan Kenobi series, starring Ewan McGregor (Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Hayden Christensen (Darth Vader), but he did not appear.

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On The Late Show with Stephen ColbertWaititi was asked if he was really going to ‘ruin’ star wars for the fan community, to which he replied:

“No, I’m not. Imagine if I was like ‘yeah. I’m going to tell you the Jar Jar Binks story that everyone is talking about.

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Waititi’s project was originally slated for a 2025 release, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige’s film in the 2027 spot that Thieves Squadron busy now. Lucasfilm has not confirmed which film will be moved to next year.

Both Waititi and Feige worked on scriptwriting and location scouting. Almost nothing is known about the direction Feige’s film will take – which isn’t surprising given his commitment to secrecy with the Marvel Cinematic Universe – but many star wars fans think Waititi’s plot was already spoiled on The Walt Disney Company’s 2020 Investor Day.

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During the announcement, Kennedy noted:

“The theatrical slate of Star Wars moves forward into a new future era. Taika’s approach to Star Wars will be fresh, unexpected and unique. His enormous talent and sense of humor will ensure audiences have an unforgettable ride.

As Kennedy said that, a whole new star wars logo [above] – which looks a bit like “Stone Age” instead of “Space Age” – appeared on the screen behind her. The logo appears to be made from cracked rocks and has almost a The Flintstones mood, indicating that we could time travel for Waititi star wars movie slice.

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Viewers noticed another intriguing potential clue during Kennedy’s Dec. 10, 2020 presentation. At one point, a diamond-shaped craft appeared onscreen, appearing to be hurtling toward an unknown planet.

Fans noted:

The floating pyramid-shaped structure resembles Tho Yor, a large pyramidal vessel and weapon that housed the Force-sensitive predecessors of the Jedi during the “first migration”. Tho Yor features prominently in Dawn of the Jedi, a sub-series in the Star Wars franchise that includes both a 2012-2014 comic book series and a 2013 novel by Tim Lebbon. Although Kennedy didn’t acknowledge if the strange structure behind her was in fact Tho Yor, that didn’t stop fans from connecting the dots themselves….

… What makes this theory even more interesting is that Dawn of the Jedi is a “non-canon” story, part of the pre-Disney “Legends” family of extended universe stories. Lucasfilm has made it clear that Legends material is not banned. (Thrawn’s inclusion in recent new stories is proof that Legends can and will be recycled.) Since Taika Waititi can theoretically and legally adapt Dawn of the Jedi, fans suspect his film is actually his own version of Dawn of the Jedi.

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The Our flag means death star did not give specific details about his star wars project, but said the script would be “very me”.

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Andrea G. Henderson