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.

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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!

Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.


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