It's been announced that Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi will write and direct a new Star Wars film.

The 44-year-old, who won an Oscar for adapting the screenplay of the anti-hate satire, will pen the script with 1917 co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

Waititi, who also directed Thor: Ragnarok, is no stranger to a galaxy far, far away and recently directed the final episode of the first series of The Mandalorian on streaming service Disney+.

The news was announced on May 4, known to fans as Star Wars Day because of its similarity to the popular Star Wars saying "May the force be with you".

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It was also announced that Russian Doll showrunner Leslye Headland is developing a new untitled Star Wars series for Disney+.

She will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the series, which will join the catalogue of spin-off on the platform, including The Mandalorian, another based on Cassian Andor's life prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and another following the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope.

Release dates for both projects have not yet been announced.