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Star Wars: Shawn Levy Feels "Empowered to Trust My Instincts"

Deadpool 3 director Shawn Levy says that he feels "very empowered to trust my instincts in the development" of his Star Wars film.

We know that there are multiple Star Wars films in varying levels of development, and three of them were confirmed earlier this year at Star Wars Celebration. However, just because those were the three that got a mention on stage, that didn't mean that they are the only films in development. Taika Waititi is reportedly still working on his movie, and Shawn Levy has also signed on to do a film. He recently mentioned that he's "putting everything I have into it because I love that world, and it is a privilege to get to join that galaxy." However, the ongoing strikes have thrown a wrench into multiple different projects, including the new Star Wars film from Levy. He recently did an interview with Variety, and they spoke to him about his experience working with Lucasfilm and in the Star Wars universe so far.

"When Kathy Kennedy brought me on board to make a "Star Wars" movie, her central mandate to me was "I want a Shawn Levy movie. I want a story and a tone that reflects you and your taste and what you bring to your movies — with a 'Star Wars' story." So I have felt extremely empowered," Levy revealed. "We are in early days, unfortunately, because the development process was abruptly paused [due to the WGA strike], but I feel very empowered to trust my instincts in the development of this story and movie."

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Shawn Levy arrives for the "Stranger Things 2" Los Angeles Premiere on October 26, 2017, in Westwood, CA. Editorial credit: DFree /

One of the things that people have been worried about after The Rise of Skywalker and Solo: A Star Wars Story underperformed commercially and critically was that Lucasfilm would overcorrect when it came to Star Wars. That was kind of what they did with The Rise of Skywalker when some very loud voices had problems with The Last Jedi, and that last film felt like a frantic retcon to try and give fans, people who notoriously have no idea what they want, what they wanted. Lucasfilm has done this before with the reaction to the prequel trilogy, and it is one of the reasons Attack of the Clones is the worst Star Wars film [don't @ me]. However, at least from Levy's comments, it sounds like Lucasfilm is giving its creatives the room to make their own films within this universe instead of trying to overly control things. It's still early in development for Levy, though, so we'll have to see how things go, but it's promising to hear that people are still excited to work in the Star Wars universe, even if the shine isn't as bright as it once was.

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Kaitlyn is the Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Film critic and pop culture writer since 2013. Ace. Leftist. Nerd. Feminist. Writer. Replicant Translator. Cinephillic Virtue Signaler. She/Her. UFCA/GALECA Member. 🍅 Approved. Follow her Threads, Instagram, and Twitter @katiesmovies.
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