Gareth Edwards to direct, Gary Whitta to write the first Star Wars standalone film from Disney

Everyone knows that the Star Wars trilogy is coming, but a few extra films will be sprinkled into the scheduled throughout the production of the final two installments. Lucasfilm and Disney will create “multiple stand-alone movies,” that will cover different aspects of the Star Wars universe, and today the companies have confirmed that Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta.
The film already has a release date, but no details we’re sad to report, the film is due out December 16, 2016. You may have heard Edwards’ name recently, he was the director for the nearly $100 million dollar weekend smash that was Godzilla.
“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 honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” said Edwards. Gary Whittas screenwriting credits include 2010’s The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of 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 in a statement released from Disney/LucasArts.

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