Godzilla director wins big, scores next Star Wars film

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May 23, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT (Updated)

Prior to the release of Godzilla, Gareth Edwards was best known for his 2010 film Monsters. But Legendary Pictures gave his career a boost when they hired him to take over the Godzilla franchise. The film was released last week and thus far has earned over $216 million worldwide.

Now Edwards is adding another huge title to his resume. Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that he would direct one of the upcoming Star Wars spinoffs. They haven't revealed what the film will entail, but the script is being written by Gary Whitta (Book of Eli).

There are rumors that it could focus on specific characters from the original trilogy. For example, it could explore the origins of Han Solo and his family. Or delve deeper into Yoda's history. Maybe even Luke Skywalker has more story to tell? The possibilities are endless.

"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," said Edwards in a statement.

Disney CEO Bob Igar explained that they have at least three spinoffs planned for the Star Wars series. Each one could debut between the regular film installments. This is quite the get for Edwards, who's also attached to the recently announced Godzilla sequel. The Star Wars spinoff is scheduled to hit theaters Dec. 16, 2016, following Star Wars: Episode VII, which opens Dec. 18, 2015.

What do you think about Edwards directing a Star Wars film?

(via THR)