Taika Waititi to co-write and direct a new Star Wars film

Taika Waititi to co-write and direct a new Star Wars film

As part of their ‘May the Fourth’ celebrations, Disney revealed that director, Taika Waititi, will begin work on a new Star Wars movie.

Taika Waititi is a man whose stock is on the rise right now. He gained the adulation of Marvel fans when he directed ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘. Arguably the most the fun film in the MCU.

He adapted ‘Jo Jo Rabbit’ for the big screen. A film that depicted the end of World War II, but through the eyes of a German boy whose imaginary friend was Hitler. Waititi walked away with an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Now it’s been announced that the New Zealand born filmmaker will co-write and direct a new Star Wars film. The announcement came as part of Disney’s May the Fourth celebrations.

As yet untitled, the film could reach screens as early as 2024. At this stage there’s no more substance with regards to which story it will tell.

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Waititi has already dabbled in the world of Star Wars having directed an episode of the Disney+ series, ‘The Mandalorian‘. Waititi also lent his voice to the battle droid IG-11 (Pictured to the left).

Fans will be hoping that the same sense of fun, action and adventure – witnessed in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ – can be translated to an escapade set in a galaxy far, far away.

Keeping it in the Disney family. Waititi will first finish work on a fourth Thor movie. ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ is in pre-production, and expected in cinemas in 2022.

Taika Waititi is also lined up to work on a ‘Flash Gordon’ film and an episode of ‘Time Bandits’ for a new series after his Star Wars commitment is fulfilled. Though details on either are scarce at this time.

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