No details regarding the film's plot, cast or release date were specified.
"The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood," Trank said in a statement on starwars.com. "The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."
Landing a "Star Wars" gig marks a huge career leap for the 30-year-old director, who made his feature debut with the sci-fi movie "Chronicle" in 2012. The found-footage-style film about a group of teens who gain superpowers from a mysterious glowing rock starred Dane DeHaan and Michael B. Jordan and grossed $126 million worldwide, on a slim $12-million budget.
Trank is currently at work on his sophomore film, a reboot of "The Fantastic Four" for Fox, starring Jordan,
Two weeks ago, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that "Godzilla" director Gareth Edwards, a filmmaker enjoying a similarly meteoric rise, will take the reins on the first "Star Wars" spinoff, to be released Dec. 16, 2016.