Earlier today StarWars.com announced that the next movie in the franchise will be directed by none other than Taika Waititi. The director, known for his quirky sense of humor, confirmed the news on his Twitter.
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.
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, which adds to a growing list of Star Wars stories for Disney’s streaming platform including The Mandalorian, now in post-production on Season Two, and two other previously announced series: one based on Cassian Andor’s life prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and another following the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope.
Release dates for both Waititi’s and Headland’s projects have not yet been announced.StarWars.com
Taika David Cohen (born 16 August 1975), known professionally as Taika Waititi, is a New Zealnd writer, producer, director and actor, known for his films like Jojo Rabbit (Academy Award for best adapted screenplay), What We Do in the Shadows, Thor:Ragnarok and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. He is know for his fun, colorful movies that don’t take themselves too seriously – and he already has some Star Wars geek cred as having not only directed episode 8 of the first season of The Mandalorian, and voiced IG-11, a bounty hunter droid turned protector.
The article also announced that Emmy Award winner Leslye Headland, of Russian Doll fame would develop a new, still untitled Star Wars series for Disney+.
The new film is as yet untitled, but is planned for release in 2024.
We can only hope that all these projects will see the light of day soon, as I, for one, can’t get enough of that Galaxy Far Far Away.
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