You read that headline correctly. After making one heck of an impression with his episode of The Mandalorian, Oscar-winning filmmaker and living bloody legend Taika Waititi will direct a Star Wars movie.
The news (coinciding with Star Wars Day in America) comes directly from a Walt Disney Studios press release which added that Waititi will be teaming up with screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, best known for her Oscar-nominated work writing 1917.
Is it the tenth chapter to the saga or another spinoff? Dunno. Will it be another buddy-comedy a la Thor: Ragnarok? Couldn’t tell ya. Will Temuera Morrison reprise his role in a galaxy far, far away? We can only hope at this stage, as Disney’s being very tight-lipped about the production.
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What we do know is that Waititi’s succeeded before in shifting a franchise to a totally different and exciting direction with the aforementioned Thor: Ragnarok and the galaxy far, far away could use a good shake-up.
Wilson-Cairns also makes for an exciting, fascinating hire. Not only has she contributed to Penny Dreadful, she’s also the co-writer of Edgar Wright’s upcoming horror Last Night in Soho.
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