The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will helm a new Star Wars film and that famous writer Damon Lindelof will co-write the script.
The speculation about Lindelof working on a Star Wars film has been going on for quite some time, but the news that Ms. Marvel director Obaid-Chinoy is on board was broken by Deadline on Sunday night. We were unable to reach representatives from Lucasfilm or Obaid-Chinoy for their thoughts. It is unclear with whom Lindelof is collaborating on the script.
After gaining notoriety as a co-creator of Lost, Lindelof has continued to make waves in the television industry with shows like The Leftovers and Watchmen. In the film industry, he has contributed to a number of Star Trek movies as well as Universal’s The Hunt.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is no stranger to the Disney family, having directed both Marvel and Ms. Marvel for Disney+. She originally gained prominence as a documentary filmmaker, making history as the first filmmaker of Pakistani descent to win an Academy Award. Both Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015) is by her. She is also in talks to helm the upcoming Will Smith film Brilliance for Paramount.
Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Love and Thunder, was formally revealed to helm the movie in May 2020, with 1917 writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns composing the script. Other projects include a film to be produced by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and written by Loki’s Michael Waldron. Waititi has worked with Star Wars before; he directed The Mandalorian and provided the voice for the robot IG-11.
Two unnamed Star Wars films from Disney are set for release in December 2025 and December 2027.
With Disney’s 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm, the studio set a path to produce a new Star Wars picture every year. The franchise, which had only released six films between 1977 and 2005, had a major expansion.