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

By Chloe Melas, CNN

(CNN) -- "Star Wars" fans have even more reason to celebrate this May 4, unofficially known as "Star Wars Day."

Walt Disney Studios announced Monday that Taika Waititi will direct a new "Star Wars" movie. He is also co-writing the screenplay alongside Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

Waititi recently won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for "Jojo Rabbit" and directed the first season finale of "The Mandalorian" on Disney+.

A new untitled "Star Wars" series is also in the works for Disney+, with Leslye Headland at the helm as the writer, executive producer and showrunner.

The two projects are part of a growing list of new "Star Wars" content at Disney. "The Mandalorian," is currently in post-production on Season 2. There are also two other previously ordered "Star Wars" TV series in production, according to Disney.

May the force be with you today, indeed.

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