Rian Johnson to Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode 8 and 9

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Disney/LucasFilm have certainly been busy lining up the future of their Star Wars franchise. Not only have they chosen directors to helm two Star Wars spinoff films, Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards, but it’s looking like they’ve chosen who it is that will be at the helm of Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX. Rian Johnson, the writer-director of Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper, is set to write and direct the two Star Wars films to follow J.J. Abrams’ upcoming entry. Deadline broke the news; Variety solidified it.

Two Star Wars films at your fingertips? Talk about a daunting task. Rian Johnson himself tweeted this clip from The Right Stuff, amusingly encapsulating how he must be feeling at the moment:

Fans of Rian Johnson’s work will no doubt be ecstatic that he’ll be taking over the franchise – we certainly are. We’re confident that he’ll deliver a unique vision, with Looper wonderfully showcasing his skills in both sci-fi and drama.

J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII is currently in production in Abu Dhabi, with a U.S. release date of Dec. 18, 2015. The cast for that film includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.