For “May The 4th Be With You,” Disney confirms Taika Waititi will be directing and co-writing a new Star Wars movie, and Disney also confirms Leslye Headland is developing a new Disney Plus series.
Both projects are untitled and have no release dates.
In its updated Star Wars and Marvel release date schedule, Disney did confirm a new Star Wars movie will be released on December 16, 2022, but again, it’s still unknown if that is for the Taika Waititi movie, who still has to direct Thor 4 for Marvel.
Taika Waititi is involved with The Mandalorian series as he voiced IG-11 and directed the last episode of Season 1, so hopefully, he keeps up with that level of quality for his new movie.
Below is the official announcement.
ACADEMY AWARD WINNER TAIKA WAITITI TO DIRECT AND CO-WRITE NEW STAR WARS FEATURE FILM FOR THEATRICAL RELEASE; OSCAR NOMINEE KRYSTY WILSON-CAIRNS TO CO-WRITE SCREENPLAY WITH WAITITI
EMMY NOMINEE LESLYE HEADLAND TO WRITE, PRODUCE, AND SERVE AS SHOWRUNNER FOR NEW UNTITLED STAR WARS SERIES FOR DISNEY+.
Academy Award® winner Taika Waititi, who recently won Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit and directed the widely-acclaimed first season finale episode of The Mandalorian on Disney+, will direct and co-write a new Star Wars feature film for theatrical 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.
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.