While Star Wars: The Mandalorian is Jon Favreau’s show, the series will have a variety of guest directors, one of them being Thor: Ragnarok helmer Taika Waititi. Waititi is set to direct his own episode, and he talks a bit about what to expect from the first Star Wars live-action series.
Talking during a TCA 2018 panel (via /Film), Waititi explained:
“Star Wars is very different to Marvel style… They know that the tone of the first films really should be kind of adhered to. That’s what the fans like and you can’t really disrespect it I guess is a nicer way of saying can’t put too many jokes in. There’s a bit, definitely my tone is in there, the dialogue and stuff like that.”
Though Waititi is best known for his indie darlings like Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, he’s been getting steadily involved in some more big budget films. This is probably one of this more high-budget projects after Ragnarok. Later this year, Waititi will be releasing a film under his more usual tone called Jojo Rabbit.
Waititi talks more about getting to play in the Star Wars sandbox:
“Favreau’s a genius and so smart and so good at what he does and creating these worlds… The scripts are really great. It was really fun doing something in the Star Wars universe. It was every kid’s dream just to see a storm trooper. When you’re doing these scenes with like 50 or 60 of them, it’s pretty amazing. I loved it.”
No release date has been set for Star Wars: The Mandalorian, but the show is expected to debut later this year with Disney’s streaming service.