LOS ANGELES: Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi will write and direct a new ‘Star Wars’ film, Disney and Lucas Films announced.
Waititi has shot from indie acclaim to mainstream Hollywood success in recent years, overseeing Marvel superhero smash hit ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ in 2017 before winning a screenplay Oscar for Nazi satire ‘Jojo Rabbit’ in February.
He also directed the first season finale of ‘The Mandalorian,’ the hit television show set in the blockbuster sci-fi franchise universe. No date was set for the new movie but the first of three currently scheduled ‘Star Wars’ on Disney’s release calendar is scheduled for December 2022.
The news was announced on May 4, a date typically celebrated by Star Wars fans around the world who wish each other “May the 4th be with you”.
Disney also confirmed reports that ‘Russian Doll’ co-creator Leslye Headland will develop a new television series set in the same universe.
Incoming news from a galaxy far, far away….
Academy Award winner @TaikaWaititi to direct and co-write a new Star Wars feature film for theatrical release; Academy Award nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns (@WeWriteAtDawn) to co-write screenplay with Waititi: https://t.co/o3Exz8ndy9 pic.twitter.com/Yrt0LQbi7B
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 4, 2020