Taika Waititi to Direct New Star Wars Film

Academy Award winner Taika Waititi, who recently won Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit and directed the widely-acclaimed first season finale episode of The Mandalorian on Disney+, will direct and co-write a new Star Wars feature film for theatrical release.

Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed Waititi will be directing and co-writing a new Star Wars feature film set for theatrical release.

Rumors broke in January that Waititi was being eyed for a Star Wars movie after joining the franchise as a voice actor in The Mandalorian, for which he also directed episodes. The Star Wars movie gives Waititi another massive Disney tentpole following his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor: Ragnarok and the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. Waititi will be writing his Star Wars movie with 1917 screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

In addition the Mouse House also recently announced 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 series, which adds to a growing list of Star Wars stories for Disney’s streaming platform including The Mandalorian, now in post-production on Season Two, and two other previously announced series: one based on Cassian Andor’s life prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and another following the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope.

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