- Rian Johnson told Business Insider what it was like to see baby Yoda face to face when he visited the set of "The Mandalorian."
- But "The Last Jedi" director keeps mum on "Star Wars" "The movie is scheduled to come out in 2022 is one of his planned new trilogy, where he says" I got no update. "
- Visit Business Insider's website for more stories.
Long before we all look at sweet baby Yoda in the Disney Plus series" The Mandalorian "," The Last Jedi "director Rian Johnson had already been face to face with
One of the benefits of making a "Star Wars" movie is that you get a huge amount of access. And for Johnson, it meant visiting the "The Mandalorian" set while season one was done.
by chatting with the show's creator / executive producer, Jon Favreau, and his other executive producer, Dave Filoni, he also got to check out the doll that has become its star.
"On set I saw baby Yoda," he told Business Insider when he promoted his new movie "Knives Out" (in the theater November 27) and added that he was waiting for the show to come out to finally release the humble boast.
"It's so beautiful," he said of the creature . [1
"It's like when you're a kid and having your toys out, it's like that, but on a large scale," Johnson said. "It was impossible not to think about things. It is inspiring. It is creatively refreshing to be in the middle of it."
But how Johnson is exactly involved in "Star Wars" in the future is very unclear.
After "The Last Jedi" it was announced that he would go in to do a whole new trilogy for the franchise, but since then there has been a lot of disruption to the franchise.
Disney CEO Bob Iger told the BBC that in the future there is a "less is more" path for the films, which previously "we created and released many" Star Wars "films for a short period of time." This came on the heels of the disappointing reaction to 2018's "Solo: A Star Wars Story." Then in late October, "Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss released his planned trilogy for "Star Wars." ("Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" opens December 20, ending the Skywalker saga.)
Johnson still seems to stand, but says nothing. When asked about the "Star Wars" movie Disney has planned for 2022 is one of his, he replied to Business Insider: "You will have to wait for them to announce what they will announce. I received no update."  On Wednesday, a Hollywood Reporter story quoted "a source" as saying that the movie planned for 2022 is not one of Johnson's projects.
The THR story also reported that in the future, along with Lucasfilm director Kathleen Kennedy looking at things, "Mandalorian" executive producers Favreau and Filoni will also have a lot to say about the future of the franchise.
Johnson said a big takeaway on his trip to "The Mandalorian" set, outside of baby Yoda, was how much Filoni is locked into the "Star Wars" mythology.
"Philoni has got the soul of 'Star Wars,'" Johnson said. "He has the heart of it."