In Hollywood, Taika Waititi is everyone’s favourite Kiwi. Thanks to his quirky persona and comedic touch to films such as Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit, the New Zealand-born director has seen a slew of praise and awards for his work. Alongside projects such as two animated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Netflix series, a rumoured Showtime project with Jude Law and Thor: Love and Thunder, it has been announced he will also lead a new Star Wars film.
For the occasion of May the Fourth, Waititi confirmed the news on Instagram after months of rumours. “Guess it wasn’t a rumour after all,” he wrote on an Instagram caption. “Psyyyych!”
This isn’t the filmmaker’s first dabble in the Star Wars franchise, with the now LA-based creative having directed the first season finale of Disney+‘s The Mandalorian. According to a statement on the offical Star Wars website, a release date is not yet known. Speaking to Variety, Waititi said he’d work on any film. “I would want to do any kind of movie if it made sense, and if it felt not like career suicide.”
Stay tuned for more.