Iconic filmmaker from New Zealand, Taika Waititi, was picked by Disney as the director of the next Star Wars feature film. The appointment in question was announced in an official press release this afternoon and while it was not exactly widely expected, the initial reactions among both fans and media alike appear to be overwhelmingly positive.

That likely has at least something to do with the fact that Mr. Waititi is a Hollywood darling by every definition of that term. Though he has not been enjoying that status for particularly long. If anything, it was not until his latest project, a bizarre comedy-drama hybrid set in Nazi Germany – JoJo Rabbit – that Mr. Waititi cemented his status of a cult director.

The said movie released in theaters last year, proceeding to win an Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay and its BAFTA equivalent, in addition to bagging a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Prior to that unusual film that he directed, produced, and adapted in writing, Mr. Waititi directed a decently-received Thor: Ragnarok which had its theatrical debut back in 2017.

His newly confirmed Star Wars project is still without an official release date, though the timing of this announcement seems to point toward a late 2023 release at the earliest.

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Source: starwars.com