What’s the best way to celebrate May the 4th? By announcing a brand-new Star Wars film, of course! Lucasfilm has revealed that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has agreed to helm a new movie in the franchise, which will presumably be a spin-off in the vein of Rogue One and Solo. (While a new trilogy seems inevitable, the Skywalker saga did just wrap with J.J. Abrams’s The Rise of Skywalker in December.)
Waititi is no stranger to the Star Wars universe, having voiced fan-favorite assassin droid IG-11 (Eyegee-Eleven) in The Mandalorian. He even directed the show’s eighth and final chapter, Redemption, which introduced a relic from the Clone Wars – the Darksaber, an ancient lightsaber designed by the Mandalorians.
“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,” added Lucasfilm.
“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 either project are unknown, but Disney has made a habit of releasing its Star Wars features during the holiday season.