May the force be with you! Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi comes on board as the new Star Wars director


It won't be wrong to say Star Wars formed a major part of every person's childhood. With spectacular visuals and an engaging story, the franchise has managed to garner attention ever since 1977. Now, as the latest theatrical release of the Star Wars series is being planned, Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi has been roped in to direct the new film. Taika, who recently won The Academy Award for 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. 

On the screenplay front, Taika will be joined by Academy Award nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who received a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year on the three-time Oscar-winning film, 1917. The news came out yesterday, that is May 4, a day of celebration for fans of Star Wars. The date was chosen as a pun on the catchphrase 'May the Force be with you'. Fans replaced the phrase with 'May the Fourth be with you'. 


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Apart from this, writer Leslye Headland of Russian Doll and Bachelorette fame is currently developing a new series of Star Wars for Disney+. Leslye will be writing it, and will also executively produce and serve as showrunner for the yet-to-be-titled series. 

The release date of the theatrical film, as well as the Disney+ web series, is yet to be announced.