“Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards has signed on to helm an untitled “Star Wars” spinoff for Disney and Lucasfilm.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the untitled project will be a stand-alone film in the Star Wars universe. Edwards said in a statement announcing the news: “Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life — join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm.”
The script will be written by “The Book of Eli” scribe Gary Whitta, but no other details were available. Whitta added in Edwards’ statement: “From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me, so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself.”
In February, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed there would be several spinoff movies in addition to the trilogy set in the post-Return of the Jedi world. EW’s Anthony Breznican revealed that one would be focused on a young Han Solo and another on the galaxy’s bounty hunters.
The movie has been dated for a Dec. 16, 2016, 3-D release.
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