‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi Heads to ‘Star Wars’
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Director and actor Taika Waititi, who is best known for his work in “Thor: Ragnarok” and the Oscar adapted screenplay winner “Jojo Rabbit,” is heading to the “Star Wars” universe. Waititi is all set to direct and write a new feature film for the galaxy far, far away.
Waititi first got his shot in the “Star Wars” universe by directing the season finale of the series “The Mandalorian,” which airs on the Disney Plus streaming platform. With his impressive work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it wasn’t long before he landed the job at Disney’s other franchise: Star Wars.
Per Deadline, Waititi was approached by the studio to work on a new “Star Wars” movie as early as January. There is still no release date nor cast set for the film and it’s still unclear what the new story will be about.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige is said to be developing the new “Star Wars” franchise. However, details to this plan are still unknown, including whether Waititi’s project will also tie up with Feigi’s plans.
Krysty Wilson-Cairns is set to join Waititi in co-writing the new film. According to reports, she is the second woman to co-write another “Star Wars” movie next to Leigh Bracket, who co-wrote “The Empire Strikes Back.” Wilson-Cairns is also the writer of the Oscar-nominated film “1917.”
In the meantime, Waititi is currently busy directing “Next Goal Wins,” which is about the American Samoa soccer team. He is also awaiting the release of “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which is expected in theaters by November 2021.
Waititi, who is originally from New Zealand, also lent his voice to a droid in the Star Wars universe in “The Mandalorian.” Incidentally, the series has earned two more seasons in the renewal but it’s still unknown if the director will take part in the new seasons.