Taika Waititi teased for role in upcoming Star Wars instalment The Mandalorian

Taika Waititi will have a part in the next Star Wars instalment, if a teasing social media post is to be believed.

The beloved New Zealand filmmaker and actor appeared in an Instagram post from his friend Jon Favreau, who is directing the latest iteration of the sci-fi series: a TV show titled The Mandalorian.

Waititi has already been given the directing hat for at least one of the series' episodes - but now it looks like he'll have a role in front of the camera too.

In Favreau's post, which has no caption, Waititi is seen speaking into a microphone in a voiceover booth, opposite a screen with rogue droid assassin IG-88 pictured on it.

In Star Wars mythology, IG-88 is hired as a bounty hunter by Darth Vader to trace the flight paths of the Millennium Falcon and capture Han Solo and his crew.

In 2017, Star Wars franchise boss Kathleen Kennedy told Newshub she "would love for [Waititi] to direct a Star Wars movie", saying he has "exactly the right sensibility".

"It was very exciting to see him step into the Marvel universe and do such an amazing job with Thor," she said.

No release date has been announced for The Mandalorian, but it is expected to drop at some point in 2020.