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'Chronicle' and 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Director Josh Trank to Helm Second 'Star Wars' Spinoff

Lucasfilm isn't messing around when it comes to landing amazing directorial talent for future Star Wars movies. The studio announced on Wednesday that Chronicle director Josh Trank will helm the second Star Wars spinoff. He'll join JJ Abrams, who's directing Star Wars: Episode VII, and Gareth Edwards, who's directing the first spinoff.

In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank.

"We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX."

Trank states, "The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."

Trank captured imaginations worldwide with his critically lauded directorial debut Chronicle, a fresh and engaging take on the superhero genre. Trank is currently at work on The Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox.

No word yet on which character Trank's Star Wars standalone film will focus on. Previously rumored subjects include Yoda, Boba Fett, Han Solo and something focusing on Red Five.

With Edwards and Trank on board, I feel like it's only a matter of time before Lucasfilm starts checking off names on my list of directors to tackle the future of Star Wars.
'Chronicle' and 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Director Josh Trank to Helm Second 'Star Wars' Spinoff Reviewed by Bill Kuchman on 6/04/2014 Rating: 5

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