Now that Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters, the director is essentially parting ways with Marvel, with the filmmaker recently expressing his desire to start writing his own new material. While he doesn't have any confirmed projects in the works, a new report claims that Disney and LucasFilm are courting him to direct one of the Star Wars Anthology movies. Gareth Edwards is directing the first spinoff, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, which starts production this summer and hits theaters next December, but it's possible that Joss Whedon could be courted for the Star Wars Anthology: Boba Fett Movie, which Josh Trank recently backed out of.
It's worth noting that this rumor originated at the Get Your Geek On Podcast, where the host admitted to creating this rumor as a joke, to see how quickly a story like this would spread across the Internet. However, various sites are reporting that "something" is happening with LucasFilm and Joss Whedon, but what that "something" is remains a mystery. Still, no talks or discussions have been confirmed by either Joss Whedon or Disney/LucasFilm, so we'll just have to wait and see if it turns out to be true or not. There is even speculation that the director deactivated his Twitter profile as a "smokescreen" so he could secretly engage in talks with the Star Wars team.
For those wondering if Joss Whedon could be in the mix for directing Star Wars: Episode IX, this report claims that is "probably not" the case. While it was initially believed that J.J. Abrams would only direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after Rian Johnson signed on to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, the director is now open to returning for the final installment, and the directing gig is said to be his to turn down. It's also possible that Joss Whedon may be courted to direct and/or develop the long-rumored Star Wars live-action TV series, which will supposedly debut after this new trilogy completes its run in 2019. Given his prolific TV resume that includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it's certainly possible that Disney/LucasFilm would want him to shepherd this rumored series, but, of course, it's all speculation at this point.