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Stand-Alone 'Star Wars' Movie Announced

Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta are onboard.

Press Release

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. The film is due out December 16, 2016.

Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent inMonsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year's smash hit Godzilla.

"Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life - join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited & honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” said Edwards.

Gary Whitta’s screenwriting credits include 2010’s The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games’ adaptation of The Walking Dead.

Whitta states, "From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me, so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I'm still pinching myself."

Time to start speculating. Who or what do you think will be in this stand-alone movie? Will they give fans the Boba Fett movie they've been asking for? Young Yoda? Young Han Solo? Random Jedi?

Source: StarWars.com

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Posted by AllStarSuperman

Fett

Posted by VanderSEXXX

Hopefully they make some of the expanded universe lore canon.

Edited by Dragonborn_CT

Lucasfilms, you dun f*cked it up. Why? Because why not.

Posted by Jayc1324
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Posted by flameboy298

@vandersexxx: I thought they came out and said all of it wasn't canon

Posted by VanderSEXXX

@vandersexxx: I thought they came out and said all of it wasn't canon

I know that's why I said hopefully they make some of it to make it "canon". I'm sure lotsa Boba Fett fans would like to see Tales of Bounty Hunters become canon.

Edited by Xwraith

Most likely Boba Fett.

And my dreams of a Rogue Squadron movie are a lot less likely now.

Edited by eventfieldvibration

There's no way fett and solo won't be the same film

Edited by Rebel_Leader1

I'm thinking Yoda..

Posted by Spideysense44

This is greeaat news

Posted by dondave

Cade Skywalker

Posted by k4tzm4n

Really hoping it's a Boba Fett movie. Sure, I have my issues with Edwards' Godzilla, but I think he has talent.

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Posted by LCazT1996

Young Boba/Han movie. It'd be pure genius. That, or something else from between III and IV. There's so much untapped potential there (in the movies).

Posted by Master_Thief

OH MY GOD I HOPE IT'S

JAR JAR BLINKS

Edited by Multivers

The fact that Disney were working on multiple spin off movies was confirmed over a year ago in an interview Bob Iger gave to CNBC (http://www.cnbc.com/id/100434935). That's not news at all. The news here is that Edwards and Whitta are involved.

Edited by StMichalofWilson

Boba Fett, Han Solo, or Lando Movie. I could see those guys doing that.

Edited by MannEffest

Woah, woah!! One of the writer's of Telltale's The Walking Dead is writing this?!? Sign me up!! And considering the direction of Godzilla was hardly the problem… I have great faith in this project!

Edited by Warathusis

Excuse me but... WHEN WILL WE GET A DARTH VADER SOLO FILM??!?!

Edited by jstndmnd

Random Jedi. . .

Please stop developing the original star wars and branch out into the rest of the universe.

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Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

I hope it's Boba Fett.

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Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Need more Sith

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Posted by cobra88king8

I knew Whitta was in the talks for something big, just not this big

Posted by kennybaese

I might be the only one, but I kind of doubt that this is a Boba Fett movie. Lawrence Kasdan has always been attached to the Fett movie, unless working on Episode VII took him out of the running.

Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

A Darth Malgus movie with Benicio Del Toro as Malgus...Make it happen.

Posted by SpitfirePanda

I want to see a sith perspective movie.

Posted by Darth Coleslaw

Obviously this will be about Sarlacc pits and Rancors.

Posted by UlquiorraSchiffer

Gary Whitta, writing wunderkind and media darling!

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Posted by livefastest13

I'm excited just wish they to it right!!

Posted by wessaari

I dont think spin off films are right with this franchise, I know disney owns Lucasfilm and they're trying to suckle out every dime but it cause an overload of Star Wars, and make the new trilogy they are doing seem less special or at least the side films less special. I just want a good trilogy again, and they can do TV or whatever, just keep the film format the same

Posted by TheReaper111

i wonder what this means for godzilla 2? i doubt WB/legendary will wait for Edwards to finish this, will they move on without him?

Posted by Bokkie

a Sandpeople movie !!!

Posted by G_leno

I'd like to see Leia Ruling over Alderaan................

Too soon?

Posted by scouts1998

Darth Bane please be Darth Bane

Posted by millennium

so they got a good director but a bad writer

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@thereaper111 said:

i wonder what this means for godzilla 2? i doubt WB/legendary will wait for Edwards to finish this, will they move on without him?

Apparently Edwards is doing another 2 Godzilla movies. So after 3 godzilla movies and a star wars movie he is easily going to be one of the big directors in Hollywood.

Posted by PapiNacho

Obi-Wan

Posted by KomicKev

I too would like to see an Obi-Wan movie that shows his life and actions between Episodes III and IV. Ewan McGregor is still a great choice to continue this role. It would be interesting to see him have interactions with Uncle Owen and Aunt Veroo and keeping watch over a very young Luke Skywalker. I'm sure the Empire is looking for Obi-Wan and Darth Vader can be involved somehow as well.

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Posted by asjmooney

I'd like to see something focussed on the point of view of the sith.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@k4tzm4n said:

Really hoping it's a Boba Fett movie. Sure, I have my issues with Edwards' Godzilla, but I think he has talent.

I really liked Monsters but Godzilla was meh at best.

Posted by MideonNViscera

It should have Natalie Portman in Leia's slave outfit. I don't care about anything else Star Wars.

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It should have Natalie Portman in Leia's slave outfit. I don't care about anything else Star Wars.

Posted by Lateralus

Exar Kun!!!!

Posted by SilverPool

@mideonnviscera said:

It should have Natalie Portman in Leia's slave outfit. I don't care about anything else Star Wars.

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Posted by AmazingWebHead

The Cantina Band!

Posted by FilmCutting

The guy could basically retire after those! All jokes aside, I think that's awesome news for Star Wars, because he brought something fresh and inventive to the blockbuster genre.
http://filmcutting.com/star-wars-spinoff-helmed-by-gareth-edwards/

Posted by wundagoreborn

I want a deeply personal, character study film about Jabba. Maybe something on how his experience was shaped by the loss of his first true love.

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