Taika Waititi to Direct New 'Star Wars' Movie

The 'Thor: Ragnarok' director recently won an Oscar for his 'Jojo Rabbit' satire.

Taika Waititi

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Taika Waititi

As expected, Star Wars fans got some top-tier news on the future of the franchise for May the 4th.

Taika Waititi—who recently bagged an Oscar for Jojo Rabbit—will direct a new Star Wars feature film for theatrical release. Waititi will co-write the movie with Oscar nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns, known for her work on 1917 and Last Night in Soho.

Waititi's Star Wars credentials already include The Mandalorian, as both director and voice actor. A release date for the new project, the title for which remains unknown, has not been announced.

Monday also saw word that Russian Doll's Leslye Headland is now developing a new Star Wars series for the Disney+ platform. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the untitled series.

The Mandalorian, per Monday's report, is currently in post-production on its second season. Fans can also look forward to two additional Disney+ series that aim at further expanding the already well-expanded universe first brought to life by George Lucas. One new series will focus on the pre-Rogue One events of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), while the other centers on Obi-Wan Kenobi's life between the Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope eras.

Last month, during an IG Live chat with Tessa Thompson, Waititi gave an update on another one of his imminent projects (Thor: Love and Thunder) in the form of a faux script that trolled fans with details including major characters being brought back from the dead.

okay but taika’s fake love and thunder script is better than all of endgame. 2012 fanfic energy pic.twitter.com/Fu7O87Rqe8

— cara (@worthynomad) April 9, 2020

Waititi first blessed Lucasfilm's parent company Disney by helming Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok in 2017.

While we wait for release date and casting news for the latest batch of announced Star Wars projects, feel free to May the 4th it up by watching the entire Skywalker Saga on Disney+.

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