12:24 pm EDT, May 4, 2020

Taika Waititi to direct new ‘Star Wars’ movie for Lucasfilm

The Force is definitely with us today, as Lucasfilm has announced that beloved director Taika Waititi will helm a new Star Wars movie for the studio!

In a press release, Disney says that Waititi, who directed hit films including Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit, has begun work on the project, and that the movie will receive a theatrical release.

Waititi is co-writing the movie with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who penned the the Oscar-winning 1917.

In addition, Disney has announced that the writer behind Netflix’s Russian Doll is working on a new and untitled Star Wars series for Disney+. Leslye Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner.

The Headland project joins two other Star Wars TV series currently in development for Disney+. The three series will follow in the footsteps of the beloved Disney+ original The Mandalorian.

That wasn’t the only good news on this national Star Wars holiday. Today Disney+ released Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, meaning that the entire Skywalker saga is now available on the streamer. They also launched a new documentary series giving a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Mandalorian.

The Rise of Skywalker wasn’t slated to debut on Disney+ for a couple more months, but its release was pushed up due to the worldwide quarantine. Over the past month Disney has also pushed up the streaming debuts of Frozen 2 and Pixar’s Onward.

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