Star Wars Spin-Off Made By Godzilla Director
The British director of the new Godzilla blockbuster is to make a spin-off Star Wars movie.
Gareth Edwards has said he was "excited" and "honoured" to be at the helm for the new flick which is due out on December 16, 2016.
It is not known what the unnamed spin-off will be about but there is speculation it could focus on characters such as bounty hunter Boba Fett and Jedi master Yoda.
The Hollywood Reporter claimed there were also rumours of a potential Han Solo origin story or untold adventures of Luke Skywalker.
Edwards was behind the 2010 movie Monsters - which he wrote, directed and was also a cinematographer and visual effects artist on.
In a statement on the Star Wars website, he said: "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 honoured to go on this mission with Lucasfilm."
The 3D reboot of Godzilla recently topped the UK box office in its opening weekend, taking £6.4m.
Meanwhile, filming has already got under way on the first of three new Star Wars films made by Lucasfilm and Disney.
Episode VII, due out on December 18, 2015, will feature a host of young actors as well as Harrison Ford (Solo) , Mark Hamill (Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) from the original movies in the 1970s and 1980s.
Some of the new production is being shot at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.
Lucasfilm and Disney say they have also begun development on "multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core saga".
And it is one of these stand-alone films that Edwards will direct.
Gary Whitta, who will pen the screenplay, 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 first Star Wars films to be released were Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (1983).
A trilogy of Star Wars prequels - 1999's The Phantom Menace, 2002's Attack of the Clones and 2005's Revenge of the Sith - followed.
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