It’s Official: Taika Waititi To Direct New ‘Star Wars’ Movie Co-Written By ‘1917’ Writer

Taika Waititi has an Oscar to his credit, a smash Marvel film in Thor: Ragnarok, and directed episodes of beloved series The Mandalorian. And yet it’s now that we can officially say he’s hit the REALLY big time. Rumored since late last year, Disney has made it official that Waititi will direct a Star Wars movie for the big screen.

Joining Waititi will be 1917 co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns (who we interviewed here), with the duo penning the script together. Wow. Of course, there aren’t any details on the story or anything, but this is Star Wars Day and who knows how things will shake out. Rumors tend to sprout plentiful on May 4th.

So now we can say we have an idea of at least one movie Lucasfilm has planned. Waititi’s movie definitely won’t hit the 2022 release date they’ve already staked out. He’s simply too busy with the upcoming Thor: Love & Thunder and other stuff for that. But it’s impossible Lucasfilm clears that 2022 date completely and sets a new one for Waititi that’s a bit further off.

Excited? What Star Wars movie would you want to see Waititi do? With films like What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and Jojo Rabbit, Waititi can do pretty much whatever he wants and find a way to make it funny. Star Wars could use a dose of humor, I think.


Travis Hopson
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