Earlier this year, a rumor claimed that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi was in talks to helm a new Star Wars film. Since then, the filmmaker remained silent in regard to the reports. However, as first revealed by StarWars.com, Waititi is now confirmed to co-write and direct an upcoming Star Wars film for worldwide theatrical release.
Waititi is one of the hottest commodities in Hollywood these days. Following his revival of Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a more humorous take, the director has gone on to become a household name. At this year’s Academy Awards, Waititi won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for this critically acclaimed film Jojo Rabbit. Moreover, this will not be the first time Waititi will work within the Star Wars universe. Previously, the filmmaker directed an episode of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian. Additionally, he starred in the series as well as the droid IG-11.
Waititi will work alongside Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917) to develop the film’s script. The Scottish screenwriter co-wrote the script for the World War I epic and earned a bevy of Academy and BAFTA awards for her efforts.
At this time, details on the film remain scarce. The film’s release date remains a mystery as well. However, the initial report makes it a point to note that the film will come out in theaters as opposed to the Disney+ streaming service. Star Wars is in the midst of a season of change. Following the end of the Skywalker Saga with The Rise of Skywalker, the franchise will focus on its live-action series focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Cassian Andor.
Waititi will next star in Free Guy alongside Ryan Reynolds. Additionally, he will appear in James Gunn’s DC film The Suicide Squad in an unknown role.
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