Taika Waititi Set to Direct New “Star Wars” Film

Taika Waititi at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in 2018. Photo by Maria Laura Antonelli/REX/Shutterstock (9877145j)

Taika Waititi isn’t leaving the Star Wars universe anytime soon as he’s set to direct and co-write a new Star Wars film with 1917 scribe Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

Disney announced the news on Monday and confirmed that a new untitled Star Wars TV series is in the works at Disney+ from Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland.

It was first reported in January that Waititi was developing a Star Wars movie after he directed the season finale of the Disney Plus Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

It’s still unclear if this film is one of Disney’s three untitled Star Wars movies dated for December 2022, 2024, and 2026, or if this is a separate project.

When Variety asked Waititi about the rumors of him developing a Star Wars movie in February he said, “Are there discussions about the ‘Star Wars’ film? Like, yeah, I discussed with my friends in 1996 how cool ‘Star Wars’ was. I think people see me hanging out with people, especially with ‘Star Wars,’ and think I’m having some big discussions about it. I would f—ing love to.…If it was right. I would want to do any kind of movie if it made sense, and if it felt not like career suicide.”

This project is the first official Star Wars feature film to be confirmed after Games of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss turned down their deal to make a series of Star Wars movies last October.