Oscar nominated writer joins Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars film

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A few weeks ago, Gary Whitta completed the first draft for Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spin-off film and left the project to work on Mark Millar’s Starlight. Many names have come up to replace Whitta, including Simon Kinberg, but Lucasfilm has finally found a very suitable replacement for Whitta.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar nominated writer Chris Weitz (About a Boy) will take over writing duties on the film. Weitz other credits include Disney’s upcoming Cinderella, The Golden Compass and Twilight: New Moon. Whitta is the second writer to leave the project after working on the script. After working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) left the project and handed the project over to J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.

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The plot of Edwards’ spin-off film remains a mystery but a recent rumor (via Latino Review) revolved around Han Solo and Boba Fett both starring in the film. In the original trilogy, it was strongly hinted that Han and Fett had a history together. The spin-off film could revolve around the history between these two iconic characters.

Recently, it was reported that Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara and Felicity Jones were in the running for the female lead. It’s possible that the role would be Boba Fett’s daughter: Ailyn Vel.

What do you think?

The Star Wars spin-off film heads a theater far, far away on December 16th, 2016.

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