Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed Taika Waititi will be directing and co-writing a new “Star Wars” feature film set for theatrical release. Rumors broke in January that Waititi was being eyed for a “Star Wars” movie after joining the franchise as a voice actor in “The Mandalorian,” for which he also directed episodes. The “Star Wars” movie gives Waititi another massive Disney tentpole following his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with “Thor: Ragnarok” and the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder.” Waititi will be writing his “Star Wars” movie with “1917” screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

Waititi is coming off an Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay earlier this year thanks to his script for “Jojo Rabbit.” Before going back to the McU with “Thor: Love and Thunder,” Waititi will reunite with “Jojo Rabbit” producer and distributor Searchlight Pictures to release “Next Goal Wins,” an adaptation of the 2014 British soccer documentary.

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