Taika Waititi Will Direct a New 'Star Wars' Movie

Taika Waititi

LOS ANGELES - JUL 09: Taika Waititi arrives for Disney's 'The Lion King' World Premiere on July 09, 2019 in Hollywood, CA - Image (DFree /

Taika Waititi to direct a new 'Star Wars' movie

Disney and Lucasfilm announced Taika Waititi will direct a new “Star Wars” movie, which he is writing with “1917” writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

The announcement confirms the news that broke in January which claimed Waititi was working on a new “Star Wars” movie, after directing the season finale of the Disney Plus series “The Mandalorian”.

At this time, it is unknown whether Waititi will direct a trilogy or if it is a separate project.

In a previous interview with Variety, after winning the best-adapted screenplay Oscar for “Jojo Rabbit”, the director hinted at the possibility of making a “Star Wars” film.

“Are there discussions about the ‘Star Wars’ film? Like, yeah, I discussed with my friends in 1996 how cool ‘Star Wars’ was,” Waititi joked in February. “I think people see me hanging out with people, especially with ‘Star Wars,’ and think I’m having some big discussions about it. I would f—ing love to.…If it was right. I would want to do any kind of movie if it made sense, and if it felt not like career suicide.”

This is the first official “Star Wars” movie after “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss walked away from their Disney deal the last October to make several “Star Wars” movies.

Currently, Waititi will direct “Thor: Love and Thunder” for Disney’s Marvel Studios, which is set to hit theaters on February 18, 2020.

In relevant news, Waititi recently held open casting calls for speaking for “Next Goal Wins”. Deadline reports Taika Waititi will write and direct a movie for Fox Searchlight Pictures. It will be an adaptation on the sports doc directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison. The documentary centered around Dutch coach Thomas Rongen’s attempt to take the American Samoa soccer team, which was essentially non-competitive on the world stage, to respectability… and maybe even to the World Cup.

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