Taika Waititi Set to Direct New 'Star Wars' Movie

Just in time for "Star Wars" day is the announcement that "Thor: Ragnarok" helmer Taika Waititi will be making a new, big screen "Star Wars" movie.

By Jesse Conner

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The man behind "Thor: Ragnarok," "Jojo Rabbit,"and the upcoming "Thor: Love and Thunder" is now officially confirmed for another project: a new theatrical movie in the "Star Wars" universe.

Director Taika Waititi, who also earned an Oscar for adapted screenplay for "Jojo Rabbit," had been approached as far back as January for the "Star Wars" picture, but today's May the 4th "Star Wars" celebration is, of course, a perfect time to announce the project. Joining Waititi on the adventure will be co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who also just won an Oscar for co-writing "1917" with director Sam Mendes.

Waititi's shown off his big spectacle skills with "Ragnarok," and is no stranger to "Star Wars," having voiced bounty hunter droid IG-11 in the Disney Plus live-action series "The Mandalorian" for showrunner and MCU vet Jon Favreau. Waititi also directed the final episode of the series' uber-popular first season.

While no release date's been given for this new "Star Wars" movie, we'll be excited to see what the amazingly talented New Zealander creates. First up, though, for the filmmaker is the smaller film "Next Goal Wins," for Searchlight Pictures, based on the true-life journey of the underdog American Samoan soccer team.

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