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Kathleen Kennedy Confirms Taika Waititi’s Star Wars Movie Will Release Before Patty Jenkin’s ‘Rogue Squadron’

It’s been a while since we’ve heard any updates regarding two upcoming Star Wars films.  Academy Award winner Taika Waititi, is directing and co-writing a Star Wars feature film with co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns.  There is also a Patty Jenkin’s Star Wars: Rogue Squadron film which was previously scheduled to release on December 22, 2023 before the project was delayed.

In a new article on Vanity Fair, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said it’s likely Waititi’s Star Wars film will release before Rogue Squadron.  You can see what Kennedy said below:

“We have a road map,” Kennedy says, although Lucasfilm’s big-screen return is unlikely to follow the same relentless cadence as before. A movie from Jojo Rabbit’s Taika Waititi and 1917 screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns will likely arrive first, with Rogue Squadron from Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins further off. Is it true that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will produce a Star Wars film? “I would love to see what movie he might come up with,” Kennedy says. “But right now, no, there isn’t anything specifically.” And the trilogy from The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson that was announced five years ago? Back-burnered. “Rian has been unbelievably busy with Knives Out and the deal that he made at Netflix for multiple movies.”

Plot details for Rogue Squadron are under wraps,  however, the movie was said to be loosely based on the “X-wing” novels and follow fighter pilots across the Star Wars universe.

In November 2021, an article was released by The Hollywood Reporter, that reported Patty Jenkin’s Star Wars: Rogue Squadron project had been delayed indefinitely.

The film was originally slated to start production in 2022 and was scheduled to release in theaters on December 22, 2023.  However, THR sources said the producers and filmmaking team came to the realization that Jenkins’ schedule and other commitments wouldn’t allow for the window needed to make the movie in 2022.  Squadron has been taken off the production schedule. The hope is that once Jenkins’ fulfills her previous commitments, she will be able to return to the project.

It was believed that Waititi’s film would release in December 2025, however it’s unclear if this is still the case.

Source: Vanity Fair

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