Director Gareth Edwards is certainly riding high right now. His blockbuster Godzilla has already grossed over $216 million worldwide, and now he’s been asked to head-up one of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars films.
Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill of the original films are all set to rehash their iconic roles, the plan for the upcoming trilogy being picking up where The Return of the Jedi left off.
The exciting news of Edwards’ addition to the production was announced via StarWars.com, the official Star Wars website, with the following statement:
In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016.
Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in Monsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year’s smash hit Godzilla.
“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.
J.J. Abrams is directing the first film of the trilogy which is already in production and rumored to be titled Star Wars: Episode VII- The Ancient Fear.