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Taika Waititi Set to Direct New ‘Star Wars’ Movie

Published Tue May 05 2020 By Eden
Taika Waititi Set to Direct New ‘Star Wars’ Movie

Taika Waititi will direct the new 'Stars Wars' film.

Disney and Lucasfilm announced on Monday, Taika Waititi will be scribing the upcoming theatrical release of Star Wars, which he's co-writing with Scottish screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

Last month Variety provided an exclusive that a new untitled 'Star Wars' TV series is in the works at Disney Plus from Leslye Headland, the co-creator of the Netflix series 'Russian Doll.'

The recent news provides further legs to reports from January when several outlets claimed Taika Waititi would be directing a new Star Wars film after his immensenly successful directorial performance in the season finale of 'The Mandalorian.'

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It's ambiguous at this point if Waititi's film is one of the three untitled 'Star Wars' projects by Disney scheduled for Dec. 2022, 2024, and 2026—or if it's a different project.

Previously, the Thor: Ragnarok director - who separated from his wife Chelsea Winstanley - was coy when inquired about his upcoming Star Wars project following his success at landing an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for 'Jojo Rabbit' (2019). Waititi said,

Are there discussions about the ‘Star Wars’ film? Like, yeah, I discussed with my friends in 1996 how cool ‘Star Wars’ was.

The New Zealand filmmaker added, "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."

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After 'Game of Thrones' creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss canceled the deal last October to make Star Wars films, the latest project is the first to be officially confirmed.

Waititi will next sit on the director's chair for Chris Hemsworth's upcoming MCU film Thor: Love and Thunder. The movie is currently expected to hit theatres on 18th February 2022. Waititi is co-writing the script with American screenwriter Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, best known for 'Someone Great.'

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