The Skywalker saga may be over, but Lucasfilm is not going to let Star Wars fade away. Thor Ragnarok and The Mandalorian director Taika Waititi is slotted to direct a new Star Wars movie. More than likely, other films will be made during and afterward.
Whether the new films take place during the new High Republic era, between previous trilogies, or start something new, it’s going to take a talented director. The franchise has already brought talent like J.J. Abrams, Ron Howard, and Gareth Edwards. There are plenty of potential directors out there who could bring viewers to a galaxy far, far away…
10 Guy Ritchie
From crime thrillers to epic fantasy and even musicals, Guy Ritchie is not afraid to experiment. The man took on the duty of remaking a classic Disney movie into live-action. That’s not an easy task, and Aladdin showed that he’s willing to take on any challenge.
Other films such as Sherlock Holmes and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. also demonstrate Ritchie’s immense talent. If given the chance, he more than likely would deliver with a Star Wars movie. Just be ready for odd editing and camera angles.
9 Andy Serkis
Already affiliated with Star Wars, Andy Serkis did not get the proper pay off as Snoke. That can change because not only is Andy Serkis an actor, he is a filmmaker. Serkis surprised everyone with his Netflix original Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle.
Andy Serkis has also been a revolutionary motion capture artist and helped push the boundary of that technology. Currently, he is directing Venom: There Will Be Carnage, showing he’s willing to take on big franchises. If Andy Serkis directs—and possibly stars in—his own Star Wars movie, fans would flock to the theater.
8 Leigh Whannell
Leigh Whannell, similar to a lot of directors, got his start with horror. Whannell worked with James Wan in creating Saw, Insidious, and more. Whannell would go on to direct one of the best sci-fi films in recent years: Upgrade. It brought unique and mind-bending camera work and choreography.
This earned Leigh Whannell enough of a reputation to bring that talent to his reboot of The Invisible Man. One could easily see Whannell using his style of camera work for lightsaber fights or just a blaster shootout.
7 Joseph Kosinski
One of the most slept on directors: Joseph Kosinski is best known for directing Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. Kosinski has a distinguished talent for set design in sci-fi, and both aforementioned films showcase this. Both Tron and Oblivion are gorgeous sci-fi films that deserved more attention.
Joseph Kosinski’s style screams potential for directing Star Wars. Kosinski could easily bring alien worlds and characters to life while providing a fun adventure.
6 Patty Jenkins
After the constant delays of Wonder Woman 1984, Patty Jenkins has stated that she is going to take a break from Wonder Woman afterward. Where could she be headed after her stint with the DCEU concludes?
Patty has shown to really nail the dynamic and chemistry of character via her actors. This would make her ideal for a Star Wars adventure: she would probably be the best choice in adapting a Jedi-centric story. Team her up with Gal Gadot once more, and the theaters would be cheering on Patty, just like with Wonder Woman.
5 Ava DuVernay
Ava did experiment with a sci-fi movie for Disney with A Wrinkle In Time, but it was kind of a disaster. However, it did showcase Ava’s talent in creating stunning visuals. Ava DuVernay’s best talent can be shown through the award-winning Selma and the recent When They See Us series.
DuVernay has also demonstrated her nerdy side through her passionate development of The New Gods movie and her love for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Ava is a talented director on the rise and Star Wars is almost a guarantee.
4 Steven Spielberg
Doesn’t this just seem obvious? Spielberg is one of the top-tier filmmakers ever made who created classics like Jaws, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park. Even today, Spielberg has directed hits including The BFG, Ready Player One, and Bridge Of Spies.
If anybody is qualified to take up the franchise that George Lucas started, it’s Spielberg. One glimpse at any of his films in the last forty years should be enough. He’s also pretty close with George Lucas and was around the series since its inception, so his inclusion only feels natural.
3 Colin Trevorrow
Yes, it has become kind of infamous that Colin Trevorrow was originally going to direct Episode IX, and his version was called Duel Of The Fates. Colin was let go from the project due to creative differences; Kathleen Kennedy didn’t want conflicts with a director in mid-production, as was the case with Solo: A Star Wars Story.
This was a shame, but perhaps it can be remedied. Now that Colin Trevorrow has finished with his Jurassic World trilogy, Colin could be given a second chance with a standalone Star Wars film.
2 Bryce Dallas Howard
Like father, like daughter. First, Ron Howard took on Star Wars by directing the second version of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Well, his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, took on her first directorial job with the fourth episode of The Mandalorian, a great episode that tributed The Magnificent Seven.
Howard’s work was so well-received that she returned to direct the third episode the series’ second season. Once again, Bryce Dallas Howard may follow in her father’s footsteps as a very talented filmmaker with a bright future. If she is this talented and has a passion for Star Wars, then she is ripe for a movie.
1 Jon Favreau
No shocker here; after helping kickstart the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man, he’s now changing Star Wars with the creation of The Mandalorian. The show has become an icon of the Star Wars lexicon due to its love, respect, and expansion of the lore.
Jon Favreau has also created a vast amount of impressive films: Elf, The Jungle Book, Zathura, and Chef, a wide variety of films with different styles much like the aforementioned Steven Spielberg.
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