Lucasfilm and Disney announced that they have hired Josh Trank to direct a standalone Star Wars movie. Trank directed Chronicle and is currently shooting The Fantastic Four reboot for Fox. There is no information on which film he’ll be taking on, but it will likely focus on either Boba Fett, Yoda, or Han Solo. It is also possible that it could be about the Red Squadron X-Wing Fighters.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen 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.”
And here is what Trank had to say.
“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 is a talented director, and it will be exciting to see what he comes up with. Lucasfilm has recently hired director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) to helm one their standalone movies, so it looks like they are choosing young directors with fresh takes to shape their extended Star Wars universe.