Gareth Edwards to direct Star Wars spin-off

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 May 2014
Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards has been signed up to direct the first of "at least three" planned 'Star Wars' spin-off films, which will focus on individual characters from the film francise

Gareth Edwards will direct the first 'Star Wars' spin-off.

The 'Godzilla' director will helm the first of the standalone films, each of which will focus on an individual character from the film franchise, while 'The Book of Eli' writer Gary Whitta will pen the script.

'Star Wars' creator George Lucas' production company Lucasfilm made the announcement on yesterday (22.05.14), although there was no confirmation as to which character the spin-off would feature.

Edwards - whose only directing credit before 'Godzilla' was the low-budget 'Monsters' - has confessed that in addition to his love for classic monster movies, he's also a huge 'Star Wars' fan.

He 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!

"I could not be more excited and honoured to go on this mission with Lucasfilm."

Disney previously announced that they intend to release a new 'Star Wars' film every year starting with next year's 'Star Wars: Episode VII', meaning the first of "at least three" planned spin-offs would be released in 2016.

'Star Wars: Episode VII', which is being directed by J.J. Abrams and stars original cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, is currently shooting in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.


  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 3min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins
  • UK release: 15 May 2014

The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Another big screen outing for the scaly one, this time with Monsters' acclaimed British director Gareth Edwards in charge.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 2h 13min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Aris
  • UK release: 16 December 2016

Troublemaker Jyn Erso (Jones) and Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor (Luna) lead a rag crew across the galaxy to make contact with Death Star chief engineer Galen (Mikkelsen), Jyn's dad. This is Star Wars from the trenches, with sensational battle scenes and great performances from Jones and Luna.

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