Taika Waititi Officially Signs On to Direct and Co-Write New ‘Star Wars’ Feature Film

Academy Award winner Taika Waititi has officially signed on to direct and co-write a new “Star Wars” feature film for Disney and Lucasfilm…

Following months of rumors, Taika Waititi is officially traveling to a galaxy far, far away.

The Academy Award winner — who took home an Oscar earlier this year for his work on “JoJo Rabbit” — has signed onto direct and co-write a new “Star Wars” feature film. Waititi will work on the script alongside Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who received critical acclaim of her own after working on the Sam Mendes’ directed war feature “1917.”

Lucasfilm made the announcement on Monday, May 4, which has been dubbed “Star Wars” day by fans.

“Academy Award® winner Taika Waititi, who recently won Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit and directed the widely-acclaimed first season finale episode of The Mandalorian on Disney+, will direct and co-write a new Star Wars feature film for theatrical release.
“Joining Waititi on the screenplay will be Academy Award® nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917, Last Night in Soho), who received a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year on the three-time Oscar-winning film, 1917.”

There’s no word yet when Waititi’s “Star Wars” feature might possibly land in theaters but he’s got a very busy schedule ahead of him. In addition to the “Star Wars” film his co-writing and directing, Waititi is expected to kick off production on “Thor: Love and Thunder” later this year for Marvel Studios.

Waititi is the latest director to join the “Star Wars” family with Rian Johnson also expected to create his own separate trilogy of films after he wrote and directed “The Last Jedi” in 2017. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is also developing his own take on a “Star Wars” film but that project is also shrouded in secrecy.

For now let the speculation begin on how Waititi will tackle a “Star Wars” film but as one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood right now, it’s almost certain he’ll have a creative take when he makes his movie in the coming years.

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