Thor Director, Taika Waititi Will Direct and Co-write the Upcoming Untitled Star Wars Film, Disney Confirms

Star Wars recently concluded the popular Skywalker saga with the ninth episode, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that reportedly started in 1977 with Episode IV. Star Wars films and television series have been tremendously successful—both commercially and critically—and that has inspired the Walt Disney Studios to tell more stories about the galaxy far far away.

The company is reportedly interested in developing a new Star Wars film with a brand new storyline. Every year people (especially the Star Wars fanatics) celebrate the 4th May as the Star Wars da, and this year they have even more reason to celebrate the famous day in pop culture. Disney announced that the new Star Wars film is in development. They have hired Taika Waititi (who previously directed Thor: Ragnarok for the Disney and an episode of critically acclaimed Disney Plus show, The Mandalorian) to direct and co-write the new Star Wars film.

Taika Waititi is a long-time Star Wars fan, and he has closely enjoyed the story and characters set in multiple galaxies. Waititi also portrayed bounty hunter droid, IG-11 in The Mandalorian, and he soon became fan-favorite due to his sacrifice at the end of the Season One. Waititi is one of the brilliant directors and writers in Hollywood who recently received Academy Award for best-adapted screenplay for Jojo Rabbit.

Apart from directing the new Star Wars film, Waititi will also co-write the film with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Disney has been keen on developing new Star Wars stories recently and has announced new Star Wars series exclusively for their streaming platform, Disney Plus. Leslye Headland will serve as the showrunner and writer for the proposed new Star Wars series.

Taika Waititi is currently working for sports drama Next Goal Wins starring Michael Fassbender. Waititi will return to direct the sequel of Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel Studios that is scheduled to release in 2022. The works for the untitled Star Wars movie will possibly begin after the completion of Thor 4: Love and Thunder.

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