British director Gareth Edwards is to direct a Star Wars spin-off movie, Disney has announced.
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.
Edwards won widespread praise for his debut Monsters, an independently produced film about an alien invasion, released in 2010.
The director from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, said: "Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life - join the Rebel Alliance!
Disney has yet to confirm which, if any, of the original Star Wars characters will be included in the first spin-off film.
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