It is official and just in time for May the Fourth. Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Taika Waititi (‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok’) will be taking the director’s chair for a new cinematic outing of the space-fantasy.
In addition to directing, Waititi will also co-write the film, and will be joined by in the writer’s room by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns (‘1917’).
Waititi, who won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ has already worked in the Star Wars universe, directing the season 1 finale of ‘The Mandalorian’ on Disney+, along with lending his voice to the bounty hunter droid IG-11.
Disney and Lucasfilm’s press release also revealed that Emmy-nominated writer Leslye Headland (‘Russian Doll,’ ‘Bachelorette’) is 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.