- Rian Johnson told Business Insider what it was like to see baby Yoda face to face when he visited the "The Mandalorian" set.
- But the director of "The Last Jedi" remains silent if the film "Star Wars" scheduled to come out in 2022 is one of the new trilogies he is planning, saying "I don't get an update."
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Long before we all looked at the cute baby Yoda in the Disney Plus series, "The Mandalorian," "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson had come face to face with him.
One of the benefits of making a film "Star Wars" is that you get enormous access. And for Johnson, that meant visiting the set of "The Mandalorian" while the first season was being made.
Along with chatting with the show producer / executive producer, Jon Favreau, and fellow executive producer, Dave Filoni, he also had to check the dolls that had become his stars.
"On the set I saw Yoda's baby," he told Business Insider while promoting his new film "Knives Out" (in theaters November 27), adding that he had been waiting for the show to come out to finally bring down that simple pride.
"Very beautiful," he said of the creature.
Johnson admitted that because he had promoted "Knives Out," he had not yet had the opportunity to watch the show. But he added that being on the set of "The Mandalorian" made his creativity happen to what he could do next in the "Star Wars" story.
"It's like when you were a kid and put out your toys, it was like that but on a life scale," Johnson said. "It's impossible not to think about things. It's inspiring. It's very creative to be in the middle of it."
But how Johnson actually got involved in "Star Wars" going forward is very unclear.
After "The Last Jedi," it was announced that he would start creating a new trilogy for the franchise, but since then there have been many disruptions with the franchise.
Disney CEO Bob Iger told the BBC that going forward there was a "more or less" path to film, as in the past "we made and released too many 'Star Wars' films in a short amount of time." This happened after a disappointing reaction to "Solo: A Star Wars Story" in 2018. Then at the end of October, creators of "Game of Thrones" David Benioff and D.B. Weiss left the trilogy they planned for "Star Wars." ("Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" opens December 20 and ends the story of Skywalker.)
Johnson seemed to be standing still, but said nothing. When asked if the film "Star Wars" that Disney had scheduled for 2022 was one of them, he answered Business Insider: "You have to wait for them to announce whatever they will announce. I didn't get an update."
On Wednesday, a story from The Hollywood Reporter said, quoting "a source," that the film scheduled for 2022 was not one of Johnson's projects.
The THR story also reports that going forward, along with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy overseeing matters, "Mandalorian" executive producers Favreau and Filoni will also talk a lot about the future of franchising.
Johnson said that the big thing that could be taken on his way to the set of "The Mandalorian", outside of Yoda's baby, was how much Philoni was locked in "Star Wars" mythology.
"Philony has a soul 'Star Wars,'" said Johnson. "He has that heart."