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Disney and Lucasfilm announce new Star Wars movie from Taika Waititi

There’s a new Star Wars movie in the works from Academy Award winner Taika Waititi, who recently won Best Adapted Screenplay for “Jojo Rabbit” and directed the widely-acclaimed first season finale episode of “The Mandalorian” on Disney+. Waititi will direct and co-write the new “Star Wars” feature film for theatrical release.

Lucasfilm announced that joining Waititi on the screenplay will be Academy Award nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917,” “Last Night in Soho”), who received a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year on the three-time Oscar-winning film, “1917.”

Disney fans may know the New Zealand director and actor for his behind the camera work directing “Thor: Ragnarok.” He’s also at work on the sequel “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which has been scheduled for release on February 11, 2022.

Waititi has also done some voice over work Disney fans might recognize, he voiced the rock character Korg in Ragnarok and provided the voice of the assassin droid IG-11 in The Mandalorian.

With other big Star Wars projects having been pushed back or canceled it’s good to know that new movies are still in the works.

As for a release date, Disney and Lucasfilm are mum on that for now. However, there is still an “untitled Star Wars” film sitting out there on the calendar for December 16, 2022. That date was originally reserved for the now canceled trilogy from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who have since parted ways with Lucasfilm.

With Waititi at the helm and behind the pen, we’re expecting something fun and maybe a little bit quirky in his first Star Wars film.

Photo credit: Taika Waititi at the 92nd Oscars (ABC/Rick Rowell)