Monday, May 4, 2020

BREAKING: New 'Star Wars' Film From Taika Waititi & Krysty Wilson-Cairns, And New Disney+ Series From Leslye Headland Announced

By: Dominic Jones

Happy Star Wars Day everybody!  In celebration of the annual "May the 4th Be With You" fan event Lucasfilm decided to break some major Star Wars news, announcing both a new theatrical film and a new Disney+ series are in the works. 

(Via: Star L-R: Wilson-Cairns, Waititi, Headland)
First, they announced that Taika Waititi will be directing a co-writing, with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, a new theatrical Star Wars film.  This will be Waititi's second time directing in the Star Wars galaxy, having previously directed the season one finale of The Mandalorian.  His other writing and directing credits include Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit (for which he won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay), and Hunt For Wilderpeople.  The announcement of Waititi confirms a The Hollywood Reporter report from January. Wilson-Cairns is a newcomer to Star Wars, but her previous credits include the film 1917 and the series Penny Dreadful.

The production company also confirmed last week's report that Russian Doll Co-creator Leslye Headland will be creating writing and showrunning a new Star Wars series for Disney+.  In addition to Russian Doll, which was nominated for three Emmys last year (including outstanding writing for a comedy series), Headland's credits include the films About Last Night and Sleeping With Other People

No release dates have been set for either the Waititi/Wilson-Cairns film or the Headland series.  

A Star Wars film from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had previously been announced to be coming out in December 2022, however that project was shelved after Benioff and Weiss left the project.  Given Waititi's commitments to directing Thor: Love and Thunder, due out in February 2022, it seems unlikely that his film will fill that hole in the schedule.

Regardless, today's announcement is a very exciting one!  Waititi, Wilson-Cairns, and Headland have all proven themselves on exciting and acclaimed projects in the past few years, so just the fact that they are bringing their talents to Star Wars is something to be celebrated.  

In addition, this announcement is a big step forward for Star Wars when it comes to representation behind the camera.  Waititi will be the first Indigenous person to direct a Star Wars film, Wilson-Cairns will be the first woman to write a Star Wars film since Leigh Brackett wrote the first draft of The Empire Strikes Back, and Headland's series will be the first Star Wars series project with a woman showrunner.

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