Happy Star Wars day! Disney has announced a brand new Star Wars film to be directed by Taika Waititi!
It’s official, Disney has announced that Taika Waititi will direct a new Star Wars feature film for theatrical release. Waititi recently won Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit and directed the first season finale of TheMandalorian on Disney+.
Krysty Wilson-Cairns will be joining Waititi on the screenplay project, who is an Academy Award nominee and BAFTA Award winner for 1917.
Rumors have been swirling for some time that Waititi would be involved in a new Star Wars film, but he kept his lips sealed on the topic.
“Are there discussions about the Star Wars film? Like, yeah, I discussed with my friends in 1996 how cool Star Wars was,” Waititi said in February when he was asked about the rumors by Variety. “I think people see me hanging out with people, especially with Star Wars, and think I’m having some big discussions about it. I would f—ing love to.…If it was right. I would want to do any kind of movie if it made sense, and if it felt not like career suicide.”
At the same time, Disney announced that Emmy nominated writer Leslye Headland is developing a new and untitled Star Wars series for Disney+. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the series. This adds onto their other Star Wars series for Disney+ The Mandalorian, untitled Cassian Andor series, and the untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
Release dates for Waititi’s new film and Headland’s new series will be revealed at a later date.
In honor of Star Wars Day, Disney+ also made Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker available for streaming two months early. This means that as of today, fans can now stream the entire Skywalker Saga on the Walt Disney streaming service.