Gareth Edwards has just signed on to direct the first stand-alone “Star Wars” movie. The screenplay is set to be written by Gary Whitta, and the movie will arrive in theaters on December 16, 2016.
Here’s a note from Gareth about working on the Star Wars franchise:
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.
And Gary added:
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.
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