There are plenty of directors in Hollywood who would love to get their hands on a Star Wars movie. Gareth Edwards was the most recent to get his hands on the franchise thanks to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Rian Johnson will see his take on the Skywalker Saga debut in December. However, there are dozens of other filmmakers who would jump into a galaxy far, far away. And, once upon a time, Guillermo del Toro seemed ready to perhaps jump into that universe.
In a recent interview with Collider (via Birth Movies Death), del Toro talked about his busy schedule and made sure to answer a few questions about Star Wars. When the director was asked if he’d helm a Star Wars movie, del Toro stressed he was in no way involved with one at the moment, but he wouldn’t rule it out.
“Saying all that caveat, I will say there’s some characters that are great, and I have talked to Kathleen Kennedy and John Knoll about ideas,” del Toro said.
When the director was asked what kind of film he would want to take on, del Toro described a movie which countless fans would want to see. The standalone would focus on Jabba the Hutt and feature lots of mafia overtones.
“I would do the sort of Godfather saga the Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control,” del Toro said. “One, because it’s the character that looks the most like me, and I like him. I love the idea of a Hutt type of mafia, a very complex coup, you know? … I just love the character.”
As Lucasfilm continues to branch out with its standalone movies, the studio may decide to circle back to del Toro’s pitch. The company will release its second solo film next year about - you guessed it - Han Solo. The untitled movie will see Aldren Ehnrenreich play the famous scoundrel while he’s joined on screen by other stars like Donald Glover and Woody Harrelson.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, from writer/director Rian Johnson, is in post-production now for a December 15, 2017 release. The film follows-up and continues the story of the next generation of the saga as Rey, Poe, Finn, and Kylo Ren find their place in the galaxy and follow the legacy of Luke Skywalker, Leia, and Han Solo. Daisy Ridley returns to star as Rey, with other returning stars John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Lupita Nyong'o Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern join the cast in as-yet-unrevealed roles.
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