Star Wars: Rian Johnson to write and direct VIII and IX?

News Ryan Lambie
20 Jun 2014 - 19:43
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The director of Brick and Looper is said to be at the helm of Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, sources suggest...

Well, this one came out of nowhere - particularly as we'd switched our brains to 'Friday Night Beer O'Clock' mode. We may not have seen a single frame of footage from JJ Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII yet, but reports are already circulating that Rian Johnson will be the writer and director of the main two films after that - the as-yet untitled Episode VIII and Episode IX.

Johnson, as you're probably aware, was the writer and director behind Brick, The Brothers Bloom and the 2012 science fiction film, Looper - both starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It could well be the latter film that, if the reports are true, secured Johnson the major gig of heading up the two big films in the Star Wars firmament. This means he'll be joining Godzilla's Gareth Edwards and Chronicle director Josh Trank, who are set to direct the two spin-off films which will go in between the main chapters.

None of this is confirmed as yet, though, but if it's true, we're likely to be hearing an official announcement soon. More as it comes in.

UPDATE: In the past few minutes, Rian Johnson posted a link to the following video on his Twitter feed. Could this be a cautious confirmation of his attachment to Star Wars?


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