It’s Official: Taika Waititi to Direct ‘Star Wars’ Movie

After directing an episode (“Chapter 8: Redemption”) of Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Oscar-winning New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi is set to tackle a much bigger chapter in that galaxy far, far away.

It has been officially announced that the Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit director will be helming and co-writing a new Star Wars movie. Joining him on the screenplay is Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who earned an Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for co-writing the masterful war drama 1917.

No further details have been announced regarding Waititi’s Star Wars movie, although it’s at least known that the film is planned for theatrical release – not Disney+.

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Speaking of Disney+, the Waititi news also came with word that there’s another Star Wars series heading to the streaming service. On board as writer, executive producer and showrunner on this one is Leslye Headland, who created Netflix series Russian Doll with Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler.

It’s yet another series to add to the Disney+ Star Wars roster. The Mandalorian season 2 is now in post-production, plus there’s a Rogue One prequel series following Cassian Andor and a long-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi series also in the works.

Waititi certainly has a busy period ahead. He recently finished filming Next Goal Wins, a soccer sports movie starring Michael Fassbender, Elisabeth Moss and Armie Hammer, and has Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder in pre-production.

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