Second ‘Star Wars’ standalone hires ‘Chronicle’ director…

Late last month it was revealed that ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Monsters’ director Gareth Edwards had been set as the director for the first of Lucasfilm and Disney’s stand-alone ‘Star Wars’ films.

Now it has been confirmed that writer-director Josh Trank of ‘Chronicle’ fame has closed a deal to take the helm of a second ‘Star Wars’ spin-off. “The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood,” said Trank in a statement. “The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time.”

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy added “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.”

As with Edwards’ stand-alone project, plot details for this second spin-off are firmly under wraps. Trank is currently busy prepping 20th Century Fox’s reboot of ‘The Fantastic Four.’