Taika Waititi to write and direct a new Star Wars film! And a new Star Wars series is coming to Disney+!

On Monday, in celebration of Star Wars Day, we got a couple of cool announcements regarding the future of the galaxy far, far away.

Taika Waititi will direct and co-write a new Star Wars theatrical film! He will co-write the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Additionally, it was announced that Leslye Headland is developing a new Star Wars series for Disney+, on which she will serve as showrunner, writer, and executive producer.

All of this is very exciting, and obviously the headliner is Taika Waititi getting a Star Wars film. Waititi is known for directing the well-received Thor: Ragnarok film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – a universe he will be returning to, as he is directing the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder film. Additionally, Waititi directed, wrote, produced, and acted in Jojo Rabbit, which won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2020 Academy Awards (and was also nominated for Best Picture). He is not a newcomer to the Star Wars universe either, as he directed the eighth and final episode of the first season of The Mandalorian and also provided the voice for IG-11.

In that regard, The Mandalorian continues to serve as a testing ground of sorts for future Star Wars filmmakers, as both Deborah Chow (as the showrunner of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series) and now Taika Waititi (as the director and writer of an upcoming Star Wars film). There is no release date announced for Waititi’s film, but it probably won’t be for a while, since Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to release in 2022. His Star Wars film will certainly come after that. Additionally, joining Waititi on the project as a co-writer is Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who co-wrote the screenplay for 1917, which received many nominations at the 2020 Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay.

And as if that wasn’t enough, we also got an announcement that Leslye Headland is developing a new Star Wars series for Disney+! Among the projects she has worked on are the film Bachelorette and the series Russian Doll. Her involvement with a Star Wars series was first reported a few weeks ago by Variety, and that report also said that it would be a female-centric series that would take place in a new part of the timeline.

This show will join The Mandalorian, the Cassian Andor series, and the Obi-Wan Kenobi series as Star Wars live-action projects debuting on Disney+, which is pretty exciting to think about. There’s a lot of Star Wars content still on the way!

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