The Force is strong with Gareth Edwards. The "Godzilla" director has been hired to helm a "Star Wars" spinoff, the first of multiple standalone movies planned in addition to the core saga, Disney and Lucasfilm announced Thursday.
Gary Whitta ("The Book of Eli," "After Earth") will write the screenplay for the film, which is set for release Dec. 16, 2016.
"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 honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm," Edwards said in a statement