In a new interview with Complex UK, Joss Whedon just comes right out and says it: he'd totally be down to direct a Star Wars movie.
Asked if, after his work in the MCU, he'd be interested in returning to another franchise, Whedon says:
I mean, it’s a fun thing to do, to put yourself in the service of something if you think you can add an interpretation. It’s no different than any other storytelling. There are some times when you get micro-managed to death but with Marvel, they let me make two movies that were very much mine. So do I want to make James Bond movie? Yeah. Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in. Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. I was like, "I don't want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god dammit, why?" But I saw the trailer for Rogue awhile ago and I was like, "I want to do that." To make a Star Wars movie and not be wed to the bigger picture.
Director's slots have already been filled on the next few "Skywalker Saga" entries in the series (Rian Johnson on Episode IIX, Colin Trevorrow on Episode IX), so obviously one of those is out of the question ... but what about these standalone Star Wars movies? There's a lot of room to play in the Star Wars universe, and I think we can all agree that Joss Whedon has more than earned his ticket into that particular creative sandbox, right?
So let's brainstorm: let's say Joss Whedon directs a Star Wars movie. What angle would you wanna see him take? A team-based thing? A solo-character film (maybe Boba Fett)? Make your opinions known in the comments below, and be sure to head over to Complex to read the rest of their interview with Whedon. It's a good read.