In a historic moment for the franchise — and the galaxy far, far away — Taika Waititi will direct and co-write a new Star Wars film for theatrical release, making him the first person of color to direct one of the feature films in the franchise. Waititi will co-write the screenplay along with Academy-Award nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and she will be only the second woman to write for a Star Wars film.
On Monday, the official Star Wars account posted the announcement on Twitter, writing in part, "Incoming news from a galaxy far, far away…. Academy Award winner @TaikaWaititi to direct and co-write a new Star Wars feature film for theatrical release."
Star Wars made the announcement on the unofficial Star Wars holiday, May the Fourth, along with a few other exciting reveals. The franchise also confirmed that Russian Doll showrunner Leslye Headland is developing a new Star Wars series for Disney+. No release date or production schedule has been set for either project, and the coronavirus pandemic is likely to continue to shift Hollywood filming schedules, but the news is still exciting for Star Wars fans, who have been anxious to see where the franchise will go now that the Skywalker Saga is over.
Waititi is no stranger to the Star Wars franchise, he directed The Mandalorian season finale for Disney+, and appeared in the show as the voice of the droid IG-11.
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