HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Taika Waititi, winner of Best Adapted Screenplay for "Jojo Rabbit," poses in the press room during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)

Written by: Brian Ives | Beasley Media
Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images

Star Wars fans just got a nice May 4th surprise: Lucasfilm announced that Taika Waititi will direct an upcoming film for the franchise.

“Incoming news from a galaxy far, far away… Academy Award winner Taika Waititi will direct and co-write a new Star Wars feature film for theatrical release with Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns,” they said on the Star Wars Facebook page.

Incoming news from a galaxy far, far away…Academy Award winner Taika Waititi will direct and co-write a new Star Wars...

Posted by Star Wars on Monday, May 4, 2020

Waititi directed the season one finale of Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian; he also directed the third Thor film, Thor: Ragnarok. Earlier this year, he won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit, which he directed and co-starred in.

The studio also confirmed that a new untitled Star Wars TV series is in the works at Disney+ from Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland.  It’s not yet known if Waititi’s film is one of Disney’s three untitled Star Wars movies slated for Dec. 2022, 2024, and 2026.

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