Josh Trank to Direct a Star Wars Stand-Alone Film

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Josh Trank on the set of Chronicle (2012) Movie Image

Not all that long ago, Lucasfilm made a pretty huge announcement: “Godzilla’s” Gareth Edwards is directing one of their “Star Wars” stand-alone films. Notice the plural in “films.” So how many films will there be? Now we know it’s at least two.

Lucasfilm has now announced that “Chronicle” director Josh Trank will direct another one of those stand-alone movies.

As with the unknown/untitled stand-alone entry from Edwards, the one from Trank will also “offer new stories beyond the core Saga.” Which essentially means it’ll flesh out some characters, but won’t necessarily have a huge impact on J.J. Abrams’ upcoming new trilogy.

Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy essentially confirms the above in her statement:

We’re thrilled to welcome Josh into the family. 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 is coming off his breakthrough film “Chronicle,” which he parlayed it into a gig on Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot that’s currently in production.

No word on which characters he’ll tackle in the stand-alone movie, but similar to Gareth Edwards’, I’m thinking it’ll be someone famous, and familiar.

One of them’s gotta be Boba Fett, right? Right? Anything to wash away the taste of this. (Maybe it turns out Boba Fett crawled out of that pit! Yeah, that’s the ticket…)

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  • Lexavi80

    This just in!!! The movie will have JAINA SOLO as the main character. Michael B. Jordan was cast to play Jaina.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      LMAO!! The fact that you went there is hilarious. People can hate on the FF casting all they want, but I still really like Chronicle, and think he’ll do a great job with it. As will Michael B. Jordan. Also think he’ll kill this too. I’d love for him to get the Boba Fett spin-off

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      I don’t know who Jaina Solo is, but if Michael B. Jordan is the lead, I’d watch it.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        LMAO!!! Jaina is Han and Leia’s daughter, a twin with Jayson (sp), but yeah Jordan is good.

  • ErickKwon

    I cannot be the only person who’s thinking of this right now. From Trank’s CV, circa 2007

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOwXIarEpzI#t=50

  • ErickKwon

    Whoops, let me try again. Trank, circa 2007

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqPiIMJLFP8

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Huh?! Will ya look at that

  • ErickKwon

    Since Trank’s worked with younger casts and this is a standalone flick (like Disney won’t franchise something if they can get away with it), why not a movie about younglings moving onto be padawans, or padawans becoming masters? If nothing else, maybe we’ll actually learn a bit more about how the Jedi Order works. I’m sure the books have, right?

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Look I know the Expanded Universe isn’t cannon but I think Trank will be the perfect guy to show the tortured and slow fall of Exar Kun to the dark side. Plus Knights of the Old Republic Era right there.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      That’d be damned cool!!! Kun’s story is one of my favorites. And who’s to say that isn’t cannon anymore. I’m not sure if the stuff that predates the trilogy isn’t cannon anymore. The old rebuplic era is ripe for storytelling!

      • Aegon the Conqueror

        Lucasfilm announced some time after their acquisition by disney that all eu material with the exception of clone wars and star wars rebels are no longer considered canon. Not even previously held cannon things like force unleashed

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Oh, Damn. Well with the wealth of characters they’ve got, I wouldn’t be surprised if we get SOME version of those stories. What I think is basically this gives them the chance to go back and streamline things so there are less inconsistencies throughout the timeline. They can now pick and choose what parts they want and retell stories. Much like how Transformers is doing between the games and the show.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            Well that’s if they even go that far back. I’m guessing for the irst few films they’ll go a much safer option like Yoda, Obi-Wan or Bob Fett.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Don’t need an Obi-Wan one. That’s what the Prequels were for. Unless you mean during his years of hiding. That’d be boring. Boba Fett I’d watch though. I would still love animated films for like Shadows of the Empire, Crimson Empire, and even Force Unleashed. But oh well.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            You and me are going to have a massive fight bout the Obi-Wan film. There’s a shit load you can do there. Stand alone clone wars film featuring just him, his final battle with Maul in the Jundland wastes (technically not cannon but still very cool), there’s a lot of potential there and Ewan Mcgregor is keen on Obi Wan returning.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Okay, “Don’t Need” is a strong term. I don’t think it’s a priority for them BECAUSE of the Clone Wars show. That said, Ewan McGregor is my favorite part of the new trilogy. He absolutely nailed it and seriously carried the films. Would I be mad at a Obi-Wan film? HELL NO!! Just doubt it would happen.