Taika Waititi to Direct & Co-Write New ‘Star Wars’ Film; Krysty Wilson-Cairns to Co-Write Screenplay

Happy Star Wars day everyone! As fans everywhere sit down to watch the series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as view Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Disney+, Lucasfilm has finally announced the next filmmaker who will tackle a Star Wars film!

Taika Waititi, who recently won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit, will co-write and direct a new Star Wars film set for theatrical release. Waititi is partnering with Krysty Wilson-Cairns on screenplay duties. Wilson-Cairns is best known as the co-writer behind 1917, and co-wrote Edgar Wright’s upcoming psychological horror Last Night in Soho.

Lucasfilm also confirmed that Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland is working on a new Star Wars series for Disney+. Insiders say that the show will take place in a different part of the timeline, and will be unconnected to the Skywalker saga.Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the series.

Previously, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B Weiss were announced to be the next filmmakers to develop a series of Star Wars films. Rumors circulated that they were adapting Knights of the Old Republic, but that was never confirmed. The first in their proposed trilogy was originally going to be released in 2022, but the duo has since departed Lucasfilm in favour of their $200 million deal with Netflix.

Lucasfilm gave no further information regarding Waititi’s and Wilson-Cairns’ film, but speculation points to it being an original film set in the Star Wars universe, unconnected to the Skywalker Saga. There is no confirmation on if Waititi’s film will take that 2022 release date.

Also still in the works is a series of films from Rian Johnson. While there has been no official movement on his films yet, we have heard that Lucasfilm is still discussing a game plan with Johnson on where he would like to take this story. Johnson’s proposed films will also be set in a different part of the Star Wars galaxy.

Over at Disney+, the streaming giant is actively developing numerous Star Wars projects, including season 2 of The Mandalorian, and two other previously announced series: one chronicling Cassian Andor’s life prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and a series folling the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope.

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