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Taika Waititi will direct and co-write a new Star Wars movie

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Taika Waititi will direct and co-write a brand new Star Wars film for theatrical launch, Disney announced today. It gained’t be Waititi’s first brush with the Star Wars universe; he directed the season finale of The Mandalorian. He additionally earned an Academy Award for his screenplay for Jojo Rabbit and directed Thor: Ragnarok. Rumors of a Waititi-helmed Star Wars film first surfaced in January, although it’s unclear if this film is the one which Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is reportedly growing.

Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who co-wrote the screenplay for 1917, which gained the British Academy Movie Award for Excellent British Movie earlier this year, will be a part of Waititi in co-writing the brand new Star Wars movie. She would be the second girl to co-write a Star Wars film; Leigh Brackett was the primary, co-writing The Empire Strikes Again with Lawrence Kasdan.

Disney additionally introduced {that a} new Star Wars collection for Disney Plus headed up by Leslye Headland, co-creator and showrunner for Netflix’s Russian Doll. The corporate didn’t announce any plot particulars about Headland’s new collection, however it’s rumored to be a “female-centric” present that takes place in a unique a part of the Star Wars timeline than different initiatives. Headland will write, govt produce, and function the showrunner for the brand new collection, in response to Disney.

Disney has not introduced a launch date for Waititi’s movie or Headland’s Disney Plus collection.

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