Oscar-winning JoJo Rabbit screenwriter Taika Waititi will direct and co-write a new Star Wars feature film for theatres, Walt Disney Co said on Monday (May 4).
A new Star Wars series for streaming service Disney+ also is in development from Russian Doll writer Leslye Headland, the company said in a statement.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the writer of the Oscar-nominated film 1917, Krysty Wilson-Cairns will co-write the script together with Waititi. The publication previously broke the news in January that Waititi was being courted by Disney for the Star Wars franchise.
No release date has been announced yet for either project, although Disney has temporarily set Dec 16, 2022 as the date for an untitled Star Wars film. However, the date was set before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down most of the film industry worldwide, and further details have not been given.
This will not be Waititi’s first rodeo in the galaxy far far away, as he was also the director for the season one finale of hit series, The Mandalorian.
Waititi was also responsible for another Disney property, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, and he is also directing the upcoming Thor: Love And Thunder.
Apart from the two announced projects, Disney is reported to have a Rogue One prequel in production, as well as plans for a series featuring Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi.