Gareth Edwards' mysterious Star Wars spinoff has found its new writer

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Jan 27, 2015, 10:22 AM EST (Updated)

It was just a few weeks ago that Gary Whitta exited the upcoming Star Wars spinoff film, and now we know who’ll be taking his place for future scripting duties.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Chris Weitz (About a Boy) has signed on to replace Whitta on the project, which is being directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). Whitta reportedly exited to work on other scripts, namely the film adaptation of Mark Millar’s Starlight, after wrapping the first draft of Untitled Star Wars Spinoff Project. Of note: Weitz is also working with Disney on the live-action Cinderella, so he must've definitely impressed someone at the Mouse House.

Weitz has mostly been working as a producer as of late, on everything from the short-lived Fox series Lone Star to the 2008 hipster flick Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. He received an Oscar nomination for his adapted screenplay for About a Boy, and also produces the NBC television series adaptation of the film. He’s also writing a post-apocalyptic young adult book trilogy that kicked off last summer with The Young World.

Though his sci-fi credentials are a bit thin (outside of being a sci-fi novelist), Whitta is a proven commodity and an excellent character writer. It makes sense they’d bring in someone with his credentials to take a pass at the script to potentially help flesh out the personalities and dialogue now that the major beats are there. 

Obviously, this isn’t the first shakeup for Disney’s slate of Star Wars films. Michael Arndt worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens before passing the project off to director J.J. Abrams and Return of the Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan. It’s the status quo these days for massive tentpoles to go through a few writers during the polish process, and Disney seems to be making some solid hires on that front.

Now we just want to know what the film is actually about. C’mon, Weitz, drop us a few hints.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)