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Taika Waititi to Direct a New ‘Star Wars’ Film; Krysty Wilson-Cairns to Co-Write The Thrilling New Movie

Another reason to celebrate on May the 4th! The official Star Wars account confirmed on Monday that Taika Waititi, the filmmaker behind Academy Award-winning Jojo Rabbit and Thor: Ragnarok, is directing a brand new story taking place in a galaxy far, far away.

After praise for his work directing the season finale of The Mandalorian, talk of Waititi dipping his hands into more Star Wars lore surfaced. Waititi became the first person of Māori (Indigenous people of New Zealand) descent to win an Academy Award early this year, and he is celebrated for his ability to capture humor and emotion with his vibrant visual storytelling. Waititi will also co-write the film, set to release in theaters at an unknown date.

Chris Hemsworth and Taika Waititi on the set of Thor: Ragnarok (Courtesy of Marvel Studios)

Joining Waititi in writing the project is fellow screenplay Academy Award nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who penned last year’s 1917. The Scottish screenwriter’s other writing credits include the upcoming Edgar Wright directed flick, Last Night in Soho and Wilson-Cairns was also a staff writer for season 3 of Penny Dreadful.

Fans have been wondering what is next for the franchise, after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker wrapped the Skywalker Saga at the end of last year. The only other Star Wars movie news currently announced is Rian Johnson’s trilogy, so we’re excited to see the direction Star Wars is headed with talent like Waititi, Wilson-Cairns, and Johnson. As of right now, there is little information on the Waititi/Wilson-Cairns film itself, but we will continue to report as more details come.

In addition to the news of Waititi and Wilson-Cairns working on a new Star Wars film project, the official Star Wars Twitter page also revealed that Leslye Headland is working on an untitled Star Wars series for the Disney+ streaming platform. Headland will write for the series in addition to serving as both the executive producer and showrunner.

Headland’s series will be yet another piece of Star Wars lore added to Disney+. Currently, the service is in post-production of season 2 of The Mandalorian, and has two previously ordered series in the pipeline which include a show based on the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi (between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope), as well as a series featuring Cassian Andor (prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).

What do you think about all of this latest Star Wars news? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below!

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