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'Star Wars' Spinoff Film Lands 'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank

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Disney clearly following a similar plan of attack with their Star Wars properties as they have with Marvel, hiring a big name director for the main franchise, while hiring fast-rising stars with huge potential for the satellite films. J.J. Abrams is the driving influence leading Star Wars: Episode VII, while red-hot Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is on the first spinoff set for 2016. And now you can add another rising star to the mix with the addition of Chronicle and Fantastic Four helmer, Josh Trank.

Trank has been tapped to direct a future standalone spinoff, and that's all we know right now. No release dates have been set and no details on which character will be at the center of it, but given his experience with movies centered on younger characters perhaps the rumored young Han Solo film is the plan? Here is the official announcement:

In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank.

"We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "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."

Trank states, "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 captured imaginations worldwide with his critically lauded directorial debut Chronicle, a fresh and engaging take on the superhero genre. Trank is currently at work on The Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox.

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