So much Star Wars news lately!
Just two weeks ago, it was announced that Gareth Edwards had been brought on to direct an upcoming Star Wars standalone film. Now, we’ve learned that Josh Trank has been hired by Lucasfilm and Disney to direct another Star Wars standalone film.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said, via the official Star Wars website:
We’re thrilled to welcome Josh into the family. He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX.
Trank added, “The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time.”
Trank is known for his work on the 2012 feature film, Chronicle. He is currently at work directing the upcoming The Fantastic Four reboot for 20th Century Fox.
Nothing is known, at this point, about Edwards or Trank’s upcoming standalone films, but the rumour mill is telling us that possibilities include films about a young Han Solo, Yoda, and Boba Fett.
Star Wars: Episode VII is currently shooting in Abu Dhabi and, since filming has begun, production has had some problems with photos of the set being leaked. Director J.J. Abrams responded to the leaked images with a tweet, addressing rumours that the Millennium Falcon would be in the film.
We also learned on Monday that 12 Years a Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie have been added to the cast.