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Gareth Edwards to Helm Next Star Wars Movie

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J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: Episode VII has barely started shooting but Lucasfilm and Disney, living up to their promise that we’ll see a Star Wars film once a year, has announced that Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone feature in the franchise.

Edwards, who recently set the box-office ablaze with his re-imaging of Toho’s beloved Godzilla, has expressed much excitement, with Star Wars having inspired him to become a film director, while screenwriter Gary Whittas (The book of Eli) describes it as “A dream come true”.

Star Wars: ??? is due for release on Dec 16, 2016.

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Last updated: 06/08/2018 19:11:24

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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