Taika Waititi Keeps His Star Wars Movie; Kevin Feige And Patty Jenkins’ Projects Dropped

Trouble is brewing in a galaxy far, far away. The Star Wars feature slate has undergone yet another shake-up, with Lucasfilm announcing some changes to the pipeline. According to Variety, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins’ movie Rogue Squadron is no longer in active development, joining Kevin Feige‘s untitled project in being shelved. Taika Waititi (Thor: Love and Thunder, Jojo Rabbit) remains the last man standing, with plans to star in his own Star Wars movie.

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Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron that has now been shelved.

The news comes ahead of Star Wars Celebration – typically held in early April – and doesn’t entirely come as a surprise. Rogue Squadron has been subjected to repeated delays, while Feige continues to be busy with his work on Marvel Studio’s massive upcoming lineup. The MCU heavyweight’s project, first announced in 2019, would have seen Loki scribe and director Michael Waldron leading the scriptwriting front.

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Joining Waititi is the safe zone is The Last Jedi‘s Rian Johnson, whose planned Star Wars trilogy is currently in the clear. Not much is known about Waititi’s under-wraps project, except that it’ll expand the universe with new characters, and is expected to hit theatres in the later part of this year.

All of this raises questions about the franchise’s future, which seems to be struggling to find its way back to its glory days on the big screen. The next Star Wars feature has been tagged to a December 2025 release, and the six-year gap between that and 2019’s Rise of the Skywalker should be enough to slot any film in – even the first film in Johnson’s trilogy that’s reportedly still in the works.

In the meantime, fans will have to make do with the full stack of both existing and upcoming Star Wars shows and spinoffs on Disney+. Part of this year’s slate includes the now-airing third season ofThe Mandalorian, Star Wars: Visions Volume 2, dropping on Star Wars Day, a live-action Ahsoka series, and Star Wars: Skeleton Crew starring Jude Law.