Taika Waititi To Direct New ‘Star Wars’ Film

Lawrence Kim
May 6, 2020

Today was an exceptionally awesome Star Wars day for fans as they received tons of cool news, including the confirmation that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi would be directing an upcoming film in the franchise.

One of those directors is Dave Filoni, a Lucasfilm legend who has worked in some capacity on every single Star Wars project since 2008's The Clone Wars movie and series.

Krysty Wilson-Cairns, the Oscar-nominated co-writer of "1917", will work on the screenplay with Waititi.

Disney had paused its development of "Star Wars" movies after December 2019 release "The Rise of Skywalker", the ninth installment in the saga that began with George Lucas' original 1977 film.

It also confirmed previous reports that a new Disney Plus Star Wars series was in the works from Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland. Literally anything is a possibility here, and we can't help but think that Waititi probably has a blank slate to work with ... along with an nearly unlimited well of Disney resources, of course.

Waititi will direct and co-write the film "for a theatrical release", Disney announced, which is more than reasonable given that this movie is at least a couple of years away. Two previously announced series, one following Obi Wan-Kenobi between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and another focusing on Cassian Andor, would also be coming to Disney+. It won't be Waititi's first brush with the Star Wars universe; he directed the season finale of The Mandalorian. Viewership numbers will ultimately tell the tale, but you can be certain that people will turn out in the theater for a Taika Waititi Star Wars movie no matter what happens.

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