Shawn Levy in Early Talks to Direct ‘Star Wars’ Movie After ‘Deadpool 3’

Shawn Levy is in early talks with Lucasfilm to direct a ‘Star Wars’ movie Variety has confirmed. No further details are available on the project, as talks are still in the preliminary stages, and whatever Levy would direct would have to wait until the prolific director completes at least two more projects on his packed slate.

For Marvel Studios, Levy is committed to directing the third ‘Deadpool’ film, starring Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, and is due in November 2024. and through his own production company, 21 Laps, Levy is expected to is directing episodes of the fifth and final season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which is expected to begin filming in 2023. He is currently in post-production on the limited series “All the Light We Cannot See” for Netflix, the which Levy directed and developed with Steven Knight (“Peaky Blinders”).

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The news continues a wave of feature film development for “Star Wars” after a longer-than-expected fallow period for the venerable film franchise. Along with Levy, Lucasfilm recently hired Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson (“The Counterpart”) to develop a script for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (“Ms. Marvel”) to direct. Rian Johnson said Variety in October who is still preparing to make the “Star Wars” trilogy that was first announced on the heels of the 2017 release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” but is committed to finishing the “Knives Out” films for Netflix first. And said Michael Waldron (“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”). Variety in May that he is writing a “Star Wars” script that would be produced by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige.

Taika Waititi and Patty Jenkins also have nominated “Star Wars” films in the works, though Jenkins’ film, “Rogue Squadron,” was recently pushed back to a Dec. 22, 2023, release date with no clear plans for when it will come out. in the production.

Disney still has an untitled “Star Wars” movie slated for release in December 2025, which will mark six years since “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opened in theaters. Meanwhile, Lucasfilm has a strong lineup of “Star Wars” titles for Disney+, including new seasons of “The Mandalorian” and “Andor,” and new series “The Acolyte,” “Ahsoka” and “Skeleton Crew” .

Deadline first reported the news of Levy’s potential “Star Wars” film.

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