Looper director Rian Johnson to direct Star Wars Episode VIII

 Rian Johnson, director of  Looper, Brick  and  The Brothers Bloom , will now helm  Star Wars Episode VIII

Rian Johnson, director of Looper, Brick and The Brothers Bloom, will now helm Star Wars Episode VIII

Not strictly London news this, but its big - if report are right. Disney are continuing to bring an eclectic range of directors on board for its three new planned Star Wars films and linked spin-off movies. Godzilla's Gareth Edwards (See the review of his film here) and Chronicle's Josh Trank have already been signed for the spin offs, but the big news everyone was waiting for was confirmation on whether Star Trek director JJ. Abrams (currently directing Episode VII) would stay on or pass the torch for EpisodeVIII). This week it was reported that the latter scenario will play out , as Disney/Lucasfilm want Rian Johnson, director of Brick and Looper and several episodes of Breaking Bad,  to direct VII.

Johnson is also writing a treatment for Episode IX, but it has not been confirmed if he will direct other Star Wars films.

Episode VII, which features John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o and Max von Sydow, plus original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, will be out on December 18, 2015. Johnsons' Episode VIII is set for 2017.


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