Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi to Direct and Co-Write New Star Wars Movie

By Zach Johnson

We’ve intercepted a transmission from a galaxy far, far away: 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, who won a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year on the three-time Oscar®-winning film 1917.

In addition, the Star Wars adventures will continue on Disney+, as Emmy®-nominated writer Leslye Headland is currently developing a new untitled series for the streaming service. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the in-development series. The project joins a growing list of Star Wars stories for Disney’s streaming platform, including Disney Legend Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, now in post-production on season two, and two previously ordered series: one based on Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and one following the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope.