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Star Wars spin-off updates

The recent news that Godzilla director, Gareth Edwards and After Earth writer, Gary Whitta will be tackling the first Star Wars spin-off, due for release in 2016 was greeted with optimism. Likewise the lining up of Josh Trank, who directed the excellent Chronicle for the 2018 spin off was pleasing news to franchise fans.

Now it's rumoured that Empire Strikes Back and Episode VII writer Lawrence Kasdan is or has been working on a Boba Fett script for one of the two non-core films. Whether this is the same film that Gary Whitta is attached to, or the currently writer-less Trank film is unknown but our guess is that its the latter.

We've also had confirmation (although we expected it was the case anyway) from George Osborne of all people that the first spin off will film in the UK once Episode VII wraps.

Star Wars: Episode VII will arrive in cinemas worldwide in December 2015.

Last updated: 30/05/2018 22:14:32

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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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