Godzilla director Gareth Edwards and writer Gary Whitta set to go to a galaxy far, far away

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Hot off the success of Godzilla, it looks like director Gareth Edwards is on his way to a galaxy far, far away. Gareth Edwards will be directing one of the multiple stand-alone films that Lucasfilm is developing.

“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 & honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” said Edwards.

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As it is the case with Episode VII, the entire project is shrouded in secrecy so it’s currently unclear which character Edwards will be tackling in his stand-alone film. Speculation about the stand-alone films has ranged from Master Yoda to Boba Fett, and there were also rumors of a potential Han Solo origin story and the untold adventures of Luke Skywalker getting made as well.

But what’s to become of Godzilla 2 since Warner Bros. has recently greenlighted the film? Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that even though Edwards is attached to direct Godzilla 2 the project is still in early development and a script doesn’t even exist yet. This frees up Edwards to partake in one of his dream projects. Not bad for someone who made his first film (Monsters) for $500,000 only 4 years ago.

In a statement Legendary Entertainment’s chairman and CEO Thomas Tull had this to say about Edwards’ hire, “Gareth’s filmmaking talent makes him one of his generation’s most creative and visionary directors. The plan has always been for Gareth to direct a different film before we started on another Godzilla, but who knew it would a Star Wars installment? We have a great plan in store for Godzilla fans and I am looking forward to seeing Gareth’s imprint on the Star Wars universe.”

Godzilla wants you to direct him again Gareth!

Godzilla wants you to direct him again Gareth!

Joining Edwards is screenwriter Gary Whitta, whose credits include Book of Eli and season 1, episode 4 of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead.

“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,” said Whitta.

Edwards’ stand-alone Star Wars film is off to a theater far, far away on December 16, 2016.

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