GODZILLA Director Gareth Edwards to Helm Upcoming STAR WARS Spinoff Film
Disney and Lucasfilm have just announced that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has been tapped to helm one of the upcoming STAR WARS spinoff films. Gary Whitta will pen the untitled project's script. The studio has already confirmed three are in development, alongside J.J. Abrams' upcoming 'EPISODE VII.'
Which film Edwards will tackle has yet to be announced, though many have speculated the planned spinoffs might follow Boba Fett, Yoda, or a young Han Solo.
"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.
Whitta 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."
The cast for Star Wars Episode VII which includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.
Besides the recent blockbuster GODZILLA, Edwards, a newcomer to the directorial chair, has helmed MONSTESR.