Joss Whedon‘s (Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cabin In The Woods, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) interview with Complex has the writer-director voicing a desire to possibly tackle a Star Wars film, after watching a trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
“I mean, it’s a fun thing to do, to put yourself in the service of something if you think you can add an interpretation. It’s no different than any other storytelling. There are some times when you get micro-managed to death but with Marvel, they let me make two movies that were very much mine. So do I want to make James Bond movie? Yeah. Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in. Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. I was like, “I don’t want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god dammit, why?” But I saw the trailer for Rogue awhile ago and I was like, “I want to do that.” To make a Star Wars movie and not be wed to the bigger picture.”
Whedon’s name had been thrown around Star Wars before when Lucasfilm was courting directors for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which eventually went to J.J. Abrams.
He gives the impression in the wording that there’s more interest in a standalone anthology film, well he’s been linked to one of those before.
There was a rumor going around back last year that Joss was possibly being courted to direct Boba Fett, after Josh Trank was removed from the project.
Here’s excerpt from the Latino Review article, that speculated the Star Wars project he was being asked to work on could be Fett.
Whedon could go in the Trank spot. The Fett movie sounds like a mess. Not only was/is Boba Fett hard to crack for Disney, but now that this is an “origin story” it’s probably going to change everything for one trilogy. I’m still a fan of the idea that Boba Fett from The Clone Wars somehow dies or passes on the armor to Boba Fett from Empire Strikes Back (no, Boba Fett is not in A New Hope, what’s a Special Edition?). I like this idea because we get to spend the movie with two Boba Fetts, potentially, and a complex relationship that doesn’t reveal itself until you realize they’re both characters we’ve liked from other movies…. …no? Too complex? Can’t kill Boba Fett? I understand your frustration.
Since Trank’s departure, Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s Han Solo film has since taken that 2018 release spot. The assumption currently is that the Boba Fett movie will be the next standalone film and could begin production once Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode 9 has completed filming.
This would give Whedon plenty of time to tackle his untitled WWII horror film, as it’s unlikely that Fett would need to begin production before 2018-2019 (if not even later). If he got involved we’d assume Joss would be heavily involved with the script as well.
We could see Boba Fett‘s casting sooner than expected, if the character is indeed going to show up in Han Solo, as many have suggested will happen.
The head of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy has said recently the character is a “priority”.
Three actors have been rumored for potentially being in the mix to play Boba Fett.
They include Oscar nominees Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Inglorious Basterds, Shame) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Mad Max: Fury Road, Dunkirk), along with Disney alum Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station) who’ll be shooting Black Panther in the new year.
Fassbender and Jordan had been previously linked for roles in The Force Awakens.
Rumors also suggest that Hardy will have a cameo in Star Wars: Episode 8, that would nix his chances for Fett if true.
Although, the mantle angle would leave the door open for actresses as well. Not to mention remove all the clone silliness and ties to the prequels, which haven’t been exactly honoured in the post-Lucas films.
Emily Blunt had been a fan-favorite to play Captain Marvel, due to her excellent action roles in Sicario (her co-star Benicio Del Toro is in Episode 8) and Edge of Tomorrow. Lucasfilm seems be interested in hiring British female leads, so Blunt could be the right actress to pull-off a female Boba Fett.
Joss has been vocal about tackling another female-driven project.
What Star Wars project should Joss Whedon tackle if at all?