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Taika Waititi Will Direct And Co-Write New Star Wars Film

by : Emily Brown on : 04 May 2020 17:37
Taika Waititi Will Direct And Co-Write New Star Wars FilmTaika Waititi Will Direct And Co-Write New Star Wars FilmPA/Disney

It certainly is a happy Star Wars Day because Taika Waititi is set to co-write and direct a new film for the beloved franchise. 

Waititi was recently awarded Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Jojo Rabbit and he has been praised with giving a new lease of life to the Marvel character Thor in Ragnarok, but now he is turning his attention to a feature-length film for the Star Wars universe.

The highly praised filmmaker initially won over Star Wars fans by directing the widely-acclaimed first season finale episode of The Mandalorian on Disney+, which scored a rare rating of 100% positive on Rotten Tomatoes, and now he’s back for more.

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Taika WaititiTaika WaititiPA Images

Waititi will co-write the film with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who received a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year on the stunning three-time Oscar-winning film, 1917.

The news was announced on the official Star Wars Twitter page on May 4, aka Star Wars Day.

The post read:

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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; Academy Award nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns (@WeWriteAtDawn) to co-write screenplay with Waititi.

The news will no doubt be welcomed by Star Wars fans, many of who were begging for Waititi to direct a film in the franchise following his work on The Mandalorian.

One fan wrote:

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5 minutes into the last episode of @themandalorian and I’ve decided @TaikaWaititi must write and direct his own @starwars series. I hope this ages well.

Unfortunately Disney has not released any details with regards to the film’s title, plot, characters, or setting within the Star Wars universe, or about when fans can expect to see the project on the big screen, but if Waititi’s previous work is anything to go by it’s sure to be worth the wait!

As well as announcing the film, Disney revealed that Emmy-nominated writer Leslye Headland is currently developing a new untitled Star Wars series.

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Headland is set to write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the new series, which will be available to stream on Disney+ alongside a growing list of Star Wars stories, including The Mandalorian and two other previously announced series.

The news definitely gives fans a lot to look forward to – hopefully Disney will release more details soon!

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: Film and TV, Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Star Wars, Taika Waititi, The Mandalorian

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    ACADEMY AWARD WINNER TAIKA WAITITI TO DIRECT AND CO-WRITE NEW STAR WARS FEATURE FILM FOR THEATRICAL RELEASE; OSCAR NOMINEE KRYSTY WILSON-CAIRNS TO CO-WRITE SCREENPLAY WITH WAITITI