There may not be a busier guy in Hollywood than Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, and he’s about to become even busier.
THR has reported that the longtime Marvel producer will be tackling developing a movie set in the Star Wars universe. It may come as a surprise to those who figured Feige would be far too busy overseeing the MCU and the shared Spider-Man movies with Sony, but him making the lateral move to the Star Wars franchise makes sense. In the last few months, Lucasfilm has been open about admitting it forged ahead too quickly with its Star Wars plans and is pulling back on projects, taking the time to really think about what they want the future of the franchise to look like. But with the Skywalker Saga coming to an end with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December and Avengers: Endgame wrapping up the Infinity Gauntlet arc in April, Lucasfilm producer Kathleen Kennedy and Feige are in the right place to work together on a project. The project was first broached in a late summer meeting between Feige, Kennedy, and Walt Disney Studios co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman.
Horn had this to say about the team-up:
“We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company including Children of Blood and Bone with Emma Watts and Fox. With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.”
Feige also reportedly told a major actor that he has a specific role in mind for that actor to play when he makes the movie, though that was from unconfirmed sources, so take it with a grain of salt.
However, there’s one A-list actor who would like to throw his hat into the ring when his good buddy Feige gets the project off the ground:
I don’t know about you, but I think it would be kind of fun to see Chris Evans as a Sith instead of a Jedi, no?
It will be interesting to see how Feige fits in and what he brings to the table. No word on when this movie is set to go into production, but Star Wars fans can rest assured there will be plenty of content in the galaxy far, far away in the near future. Star Wars series are a big part of the plans for Disney+, including an Obi-Wan Kenobi series with Ewan McGregor reprising his role. On the theatrical side of things, both The Last Jedi‘s Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are all working on projects in development.
In the meantime, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be hitting theaters on December 20.