From sci-fi monsters to… well, potentially more of the same.
Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is off to a galaxy far, far away to direct a new Star Wars spin-off.
The British-born filmmaker is set to make a stand-alone movie, branching off from the cult sci-fi franchise.
The film will be released in 2016, a year after JJ Abrams’ much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII hits cinemas.
Disney and Lucasfilm announced the news on their official website, saying they have “begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga.”
Edwards, who has previously claimed that Star Wars was the reason he went into filmmaking, said: “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.”
Gary Whitta is writing the script for the film, which is set for a release date of 16 December 2016. The Book of Eli writer said: “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.”
Due to the secrecy surrounding all things Star Wars, details of the movie are still unknown, although rumours include a story focusing on Jedi master Yoda, Luke Skywalker or Han Solo.
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