Josh Trank to Direct Stand-alone Star Wars Film

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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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  1. This is in addition to the other standalone film directed by Gareth Edwards. No mention of the writer or subject matter here.

    I haven’t seen Chronicle, but he edited Big Fan, which was a pretty great movie about an obsessive football fan played by Patton Oswalt. Interesting that they’re using directors with so few credits to their name, presumably hoping they something fresh and interesting to the table.

  2. This is a very risky move, Trank’s only release as a writer/director is Chronicle, and from what little I’ve seen, it’s stylized and a gimmick movie, and it lost $11 mil. So it’s a trust issue, they are trusting him with a big property. I’m not sure such green writers and directors can handle the weight of a huge studio worrying over their brand new billion-dollar franchise.