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Thor director Taika Waititi to helm and co-write a Star Wars movie

It's a May the 4th surprise. Waititi previously directed The Mandalorian season finale and played IG-11 in the show.

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This man will make a Star War.
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Taika Waititi is diving back into a galaxy far, far away to direct and co-write a Star Wars movie, Lucasfilm revealed in a May the 4th surprise. Waititi rose to pop culture fame when he helmed 2017 Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Thor: Ragnarok and directed the season 1 finale of The Mandalorian last year.

Waititi also played deadly assassin droid IG-11 in the Disney Plus show, as well as Korg in the MCU, so expect him to show up (likely as a CGI robot or alien) in his Star Wars movie as well. Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who co-wrote Sam Mendes' 1917 last year, will write the screenplay with Waititi.

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This isn't the only project Waititi's working on for Lucasfilm owner Disney. He revealed last month he's about four or five script drafts into Thor: Love and Thunder.

The company also confirmed that Leslye Headland, who co-created Russian Doll on Netflix, will write, executive produce and serve as showrunner on a new Star Wars show for Disney Plus, as reported by Variety last month.

Neither Waititi's movie nor Headland's show have release dates yet.