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Star Wars will have stand-alone films on top of sequel trilogy

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards to helm first of multiple Star Wars spinoff films

By Andrea Tim | Published: 27 May 2014

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Photo: Star Wars Episode VII: Return of the Jedi poster

Fresh out of his Godzilla reboot (which we thought was a great continuation of the action-packed summer blockbuster season, by the way), filmmaker Gareth Edwards has announced he'll be directing the first of upcoming Star Wars stand-alone films.

What? More Star Wars films on top of the JJ Abrams Episode VII due out this December? Yup, Lucasfilm and Disney aren't being shy about letting the franchise take the world by storm again, with Gareth's film set for release in December 2016.

Known for his work on 2010 sci-fi film Monsters, Gareth will be accompanied by The Book of Eli and After Earth screenwriter Gary Whitta, who will write for the Star Wars spinoff film.

"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 honoured to go on this mission with Lucasfilm," said Gareth.

Gary admitted that he's still pinching himself, saying that "Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer."

Theories regarding what or who the film will be about include origin stories (duh), with Boba Fett, Han Solo, and the Jedi Order itself being possible, if not favoured, subjects...although we can't be the only ones in the universe wondering what Yoda was like as a baby.


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