Taika Waititi will direct and co-write the next Star Wars film

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Star Wars fans are thrilled to learn Taika Waititi will direct and co-write the next film in the sci-fi saga

  • The announcement came in honor of  May 4th, unofficial Star Wars Day
  • Academy Award nominated writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns will craft the script
  • The Kiwi actor/director earned an Oscar last year for JoJo Rabbit
  • He previously directed the blockbuster Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok 

The next Star Wars will be directed and co-written by Taika Waititi.

Fans of the series got quite the surprise Monday, learning the man behind Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit will be at the helm of the next addition to the sci-fi saga.

The news came out via StarWars.com in celebration of May 4th, an unofficial holiday celebrating the series.

Big deal: Academy Award winner Taika Waititi will direct the next Star Wars film. He’s seen in February above

The script will be penned by writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who earned an Oscar nomination for her work on 1917 during January’s ceremony.

A release date has yet to be announced.

This isn’t the Kiwi actor’s first time working on a Star Wars project.

Taika directed season finale of Disney+’s The Mandalorian and played the part of droid IG-11.

Intergalactic: Taika directed season finale of Disney+'s The Mandalorian and played the part of droid IG-11, above

Intergalactic: Taika directed season finale of Disney+’s The Mandalorian and played the part of droid IG-11, above

The director/writer/actor has already proven his ability to handle a blockbuster with his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Thor: Ragnarok grossed $854million, becoming the highest-earning film of the Thor trilogy.

Waititi hopes to repeat that success with the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, which is set for release on February 11, 2022.

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