Well, the reports from early last year have now been confirmed, director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) has officially been tapped by Lucasfilm to write and direct a brand new Star Wars movie. Lucasfilm made the announcement in a press release.
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.
Details regarding the project are being kept under wraps but is said to be a new movie outside of the Skywalker Saga – which just wrapped this December, with The Rise of Skywalker, and will be separate from the Mandalorian. Lucasfilm also confirmed that the movie will be released theatrically.
Waititi has become an important member to the Walt Disney Company, in 2017 he directed the third entry in Marvel Studios’ Thor franchise, Thor: Ragnarok. He then went on to direct Searchlight Pictures Jojo Rabbit, which earned him an Academy Award for screenwriting. Waititi made his introduction to the Star Wars universe as he directed the season finale of Disney+’s The Mandalorian. He also voiced the droid IG-11 in the series, which marked the first live-action Star Wars series and has been a big hit, with two more seasons at least on the way.
Waititi has already shot his next project, the upcoming Searchlight Pictures soccer film Next Goal Wins, and has Ragnarok followup Thor: Love and Thunder due out February 11, 2022, from Marvel Studios.
Source: Star Wars