Taika Waititi will co-write and direct a new 'Star Wars' film
Taika Waititi is heading back to a galaxy far, far away. The Academy Award winning filmmaker behind projects like Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do in the Shadows, is officially set to direct and co-write a new Star Wars feature film for theatrical release. Writing alongside Waititi will be Oscar nominated scribe Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who received a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year for 1917.
Waititi, who recently directed the first season finale of The Mandalorian for Disney+, (in addition to playing the role of IG-88), recently completed production on his next film, a sports comedy titled Next Goal Wins. After that, he’s slated to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the 2022 release, Thor: Love and Thunder.
In addition to announcing the new big screen project, Lucasfilm today confirmed that Emmy-nominated writer Leslye Headland (Russian Doll, Bachelorette) is currently developing a new untitled Star Wars series for Disney+. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the in-development series, which adds to a growing list of Star Wars stories for Disney’s streaming platform. In addition to the The Mandalorian, now in post-production on season two, the service is planning a series based on Cassian Andor, set prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and another following the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
Release dates for these upcoming projects have not yet been announced. Check back for updates as they become available, though, and May the Fourth be with you!