Taika Waititi to direct and co-write new 'Star Wars' movie

Los Angeles, May 4 (PTI) 'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi will now decode the mysteries of a galaxy far far away by helming and co-writing the new 'Star Wars' movie.

The director, who won the best adapted screenplay Oscar for 'Jojo Rabbit', will co-write the film with the '1917' scriptwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

Waititi directed the acclaimed season finale episode of 'The Mandalorian' for Disney+.

In addition to Waititi, Leslye Headland of 'Russian Doll' fame has been roped to develop a new untitled 'Star Wars' Series for Disney+.

Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the in-development series, which adds to a growing list of 'Star Wars' stories for Disney's streaming platform.

The service already has 'The Mandalorian', now in post-production on second season, and two other previously-ordered series: one based on Cassian Andor prior to the events of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' and another following the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi between 'Revenge of the Sith' and 'A New Hope'.

The release date for Waititi’s project has not yet been announced, while Headland's project is in development. PTI BK HMB