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‘Godzilla’ Director Gareth Edwards to Helm First ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff

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bill-swift - May 24, 2014

So that Gareth Edwards guy is having a pretty good week. Last Friday Godzilla debuted to mostly positive reviews and crushed the weekend box office, so Warner Bros. gave it a sequel.Today, thoroughly persuaded that the man can handle a big budget action picture with legendary subject matter, the folks over at Disney officially handed him the reigns to the first hotly anticipated Star Wars spinoff, slated for release in 2016.

And I thought I was having a good week because my cat didn't puke on my bed. Life: it's all about perspective.

Of course, the folks at Disney have not yet announced the subject of the first character-based Star Wars spinoff. (I was totally kidding about that Jar Jar Binks thing.) However, the internet seems to have narrowed it down to Han Solo, Yoda, and Boba Fett. And given that a Boba Fett origin story would probably make fan boys' nards explode, I'm putting my money on that.

Whoever the subject of the movie turns out to be, though, we know it will be After Earth scribeGary Whitta doing the script, which is absolutely hysterical when you think about it. 

"So, Gary, what movies have you written"

"Well, sir, my most recent film was After Earth."

"Stop right there, son. You're hired."

But no, I'm sure Whitta will do a great job.

The untitled first Star Wars spinoff is slated to hit theaters December 16, 2016.

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