Taika Waititi Will Direct and Co-Write New Star Wars Film

Taika Waititi is adding another massive franchise to his ever-growing list of accomplishments, and they don’t come any bigger than this. Disney has just announced that the New Zealand-born Oscar winner will direct and co-write a new Star Wars feature film.

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Rumours that Waititi would helm the ship have been floating since January, but up until now, they’ve been just that; rumours. But as the great show-people that Disney are, they waited until May fourth (Star Wars day) to unveil the latest announcement. It’s huge news for fans and for Waititi, but it isn’t his first run-in with the franchise. The Kiwi filmmaker directed the widely-acclaimed first season finale episode of The Mandalorian on Disney+, assuring fans that he was up to the job.

Joining Waititi in writing the new Star Wars film is Academy Award nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who recently received a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year on the three-time Oscar-winning film, 1917.

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It’s no coincidence that Disney opted to reveal the update on May fourth. Star Wars day has long been a date when new remasters, releases and announcements have been made, and this year was a double whammy. Disney also revealed that Emmy-nominated writer Leslye Headland (Russian Doll) is currently developing a new untitled Star Wars series for the streaming service. That goes along with season two of Disney’s The Mandalorian, which is now in post-production and two other previously announced series. The first of which is based on Cassian Andor’s life prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the other follows the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope.

Release dates for Waititi and Headland’s projects have not been announced yet but it’s all good news. Happy Star Wars day fans.

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