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Taika Waititi to direct and co-write new ‘Star Wars’ feature film

by Brittani Tuttle

Academy Award winner Taika Waititi, who recently won Best Adapted Screenplay for “Jojo Rabbit” and directed the first season finale episode of “The Mandalorian,” has been tapped to direct and co-write a new “Star Wars” feature film.

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Pictured fom left to right: Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Taika Waititi, and Leslye Headland

Waititi will co-write the new film, set to be released theatrically, with Academy Award nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917,” “Last Night in Soho”), who received a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year for “1917.”

In addition to this announcement, Star Wars also confirmed that Emmy-nominated writer Leslye Headland (“Russian Doll,” “Bachelorette”) is currently developing a new, yet-untitled “Star Wars” series for Disney+. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as the showrunner for the new series.

These new entries in the Star Wars universe join a handful of upcoming projects, including season two of “The Mandalorian,” now in post-production; a series based on Cassian Andor’s life before the events of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story;” and another series focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi between the events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: A New Hope,” starring Ewan McGregor and directed by Deborah Chow.

Release dates for both Waititi and Headland’s new projects have not been announced.


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