Report: Lucasfilm Taps Rian Johnson to Write/Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII and IX

Looks like sending Bruce Willis back in time to kill Joseph Gordon-Levitt paid off because Deadline is reporting that Lucasfilm is in talks with Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick, Breaking Bad) to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII and IX. Considering that they’ve already tapped Godzilla director Gareth Edwards and Fantastic Four director Josh Trank for upcoming Star Wars spinoffs, Disney and Lucasfilm seem intent on reaching out to a younger, exciting class of directors to make its franchise revival as mouth-foam-inducing as humanly possible.

Directing back-to-back Star Wars films will certainly be a challenge for Johnson, but as we all know from Looper, he’s no stranger to complex continuity:


We’ll report more on this story as it develops. In the meantime, what do you make of this announcement? What stories would you like to see Johnson tackle? Let us know in the comments below.

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