josh trank star wars spinoffJosh Trank is the latest director to be handed a "Star Wars" spinoff, and we couldn't be happier.

The director of "Chronicle" and the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot is the latest name attached to an entry in the upcoming slate of "Star Wars" stand-alone movies, joining "Godzilla" helmer Gareth Edwards in the Star Wars Cinematic Universe. And, if Trank brings his "Chronicle" sensibilities to LucasFilm, we're all in.

"The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood," Trank says in the press release. "The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."

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In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank.

"We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX."

Trank states, "The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."

Trank captured imaginations worldwide with his critically lauded directorial debut Chronicle, a fresh and engaging take on the superhero genre. Trank is currently at work on The Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox.

Trank is currently filming the aforementioned "Fantastic Four" reboot, and we imagine he'll tackle the Star Wars flick soon after it wraps. No release date is set, but Edwards's flick is due out December 16, 2016, so, you know, it'll be out some time after that -- likely 2017 if Abrams's new trilogy gets an every-three-years release schedule like Episodes I through III.


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