Rian Johnson set to direct Star Wars Episode VIII and IX

The Breaking Bad and Looper director will take over from JJ Abrams to helm the next two instalments in the Star Wars franchise

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JJ Abrams, the man responsible for rebooting the Star Wars franchise, is reportedly set to step down once the cameras have stopped rolling on the upcoming and much-anticipated film Episode VII. 

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Instead, 40-year-old American director Rian Johnson will helm the next two instalments, reports Deadline

It would be a high-profile project for Johnson, who is known for directing Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, as well as three episodes of the hit AMC drama Breaking Bad

Neither directors have officially commented on the reports, though fans have also uncovered this Tweet from over a month ago which appears to hint at today’s news:

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Star Wars: Episode VII, starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Lupita Nyong’o, is currently in production, set for cinema release on 18 December 2015.