Bryce Dallas Howard now runs among the popular crowd of in-demand directors nominated by the multi-franchise operating organization at Disney. The Star Wars universe is taking off in full measure since the production house’s impetus to orient all of its focus on the Lucasfilm franchise (alongside Marvel). With countless series being produced in rapid succession, there’s little to no scope for rest for the characters from the galaxy far far away with tales constantly being spun about them — the latest being Tales of the Jedi.
Dave Filoni Wants Bryce Dallas Howard in the Director’s Chair
The latest achievement of the Disney x Lucasfilm venture is the animated anthology series, Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi, which recounts the tales that began during the prequel era. The collection of shorts features narratives of the Jedi and the choices and decisions that ultimately led them to fulfill their destined fates. Created by Dave Filoni, one of those stories includes the tale of Yaddle, who the audience only got to witness in a limited frame in The Phantom Menace before her heroic yet tragic death at the hands of Count Dooku.
In the animated shorts, Bryce Dallas Howard voices the character of Yaddle, a Jedi Council member belonging to the same species as the more prominently known Yoda. But beyond that, being a fan of the Star Wars universe, the actress has been involved intimately with the expansion of the franchise beyond its live-action cinematic history. Howard has directed episodes of The Mandalorian as well as The Book of Boba Fett and Filoni recalls that experience with immense nostalgia:
“She loves Star Wars, she knows the world well. We’ve been in it together now for a while. I always see that first season of Mando with Bryce, Rick [Famuyiwa], Deb [Chow], and Taika [Waititi] — we were all working so much together simultaneously, and we have a first year bond.”
So, it would only be a cursory forethought to involve the actress/director in any future projects that may be brewing in the galaxy far far away which has too many narratives to spin over the vast enormity of its existence.
Bryce Dallas Howard’s Involvement in Star Wars Projects
Currently, there has been little news on the Star Wars live-action movie front. The world-building has been quiet ever since the trilogy of the Skywalker Saga tied up in 2019 with The Rise of Skywalker. Although, recent updates indicate that a new live-action movie project may have been green-lit for production and involves the Lost co-creator, Damon Lindelof. The movie is untitled as of now and is reportedly a standalone narrative taking place as a follow-up to the events of the 2019 film.
Despite the Jurassic World actress’s expertise on the subject matter, it’s a far reach for Bryce Dallas Howard to be in any way involved with the project. Besides, Dave Filoni has other plans for her. While talking about their history in building the live-action series world from the grassroots level into the ever-expansive universe, Filoni remembers Howard feeling lacking in her involvement in the animated world as well.
“Bryce is a big fan of what we’ve done in animation over the years. I’d love to get her to direct something in animation.”
The success of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett grants Bryce Dallas Howard a wonderful opportunity to expand her limits into the animated world as well. And given Disney’s fascination with constantly expanding the Lucasfilm franchise, it might not have to be a long wait before something worthwhile crosses her path.
Tales of the Jedi is currently streaming on Disney+