Oh Taika, you tease! The Academy Award® winning director recently denied rumours that he was going to helm a Star Wars film due to his sports comedy Next Goal Wins. But since it’s May the Fourth, Disney has confirmed that the man behind the fantastic Mandalorian season finale 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.
In addition, Emmy®-nominated writer Leslye Headland (Russian Doll, Bachelorette) is currently developing a new untitled Star Wars series for Disney+. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the series.
Release dates for both Waititi’s and Headland’s projects have not yet been announced.