Josh Trank, who won critical acclaim for Chronicle and is currently working on The Fantastic Four reboot, is the latest to be named as part of the Lucasfilm family. Trank will direct an untitled (and not even character/topic revealed) Star Wars “stand-alone” film, as Lucasfilm is currently calling it. The movie will live outside the core “episodes,” of which the first is being directed by J.J. Abrams.
Lucasfilm made the announcement Wednesday via StarWars.com, and both Trank and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy expressed their excitement.
"The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood,” said Trank in the press release. “The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."
Meanwhile, Kennedy said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Josh into the family. 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.”
The news comes just two weeks after Gareth Edwards, director of Godzilla, was named as the first director of a stand-alone film in the Star Wars universe. Gary Whitta is writing Edwards’ movie, having earned multiple awards for his work on Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead video game series.
No official announcement has been made on the characters, eras, or topics being developed for the stand-alone films, though origin stories for Han Solo and Yoda have been rumored, as well as a solo film for Boba Fett.