There’s a New Hope in the Star Wars film franchise. And he’s a kiwi. Academy Award winner Taika Waititi is set to helm and co-write an all new live-action Star Wars film.
Waititi has previously dipped his toes in the Star Wars universe when he directed and even voiced a droid on the Disney Plus series, The Mandalorian.
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.
In addition, Emmy®-nominated writer Leslye Headland (Russian Doll, Bachelorette) is currently developing a new untitled Star Wars series for Disney+. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the series, which adds to a growing list of Star Wars stories for Disney’s streaming platform including The Mandalorian, now in post-production on Season Two, and two other previously announced series: one based on Cassian Andor’s life prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and another following the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope.
Release dates for both Waititi’s and Headland’s projects have not yet been announced.