Oscar Nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns to Co-Write Screenplay with Waititi
With the Star Wars Day festivities already in full swing, StarWars.Com has announced that 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.
This is wonderful news. Taika Waititi has repeatedly demonstrated an unswerving ability at delivering action-packed, fun, and character-driven stories and his expertise has paid dividends on recent successes like Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit. Whether his quirky sense of humor can translate to the galaxy far, far away remains to be seen. But his experience in directing the final episode of The Mandalorian will definitely come in handy moving forward. And yet, I cannot deny the sense of excitement this news has triggered.
Release dates for both Waititi’s and Headland’s projects have not yet been announced.
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(Source: Star Wars)