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Rian Johnson Set To Direct Next Two Star Wars Films, Reports Say

Rian Johnson Could Be Set To Write And Direct Star Wars Episodes VIII and XI, according to recent reports

Rian Johnson, the acclaimed director known for Brick and Looper, is set to direct the Star Wars Episode VIII and Episode IX, taking over from J.J. Abrams, according to reports.

The reports emerged on Friday when Deadline claimed that Lucasfilm was in talks with Rian Johnson to write and direct the next two Star Wars films. Another report, however, The Wrap, has claimed that Johnson will only write and direct Episode VIII and only “write the treatment for the ninth movie, and not direct it”.

Johnson has yet to comment on the reports. His main body of work includes the 2005 Neo-Noir film Brick and 2012’s time-travel thriller and box-office hit Looper.

Filming for Star Wars Episode VII is under way in the UK and features a tantalizing cast that includes Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Lupita Nyong’o. It is expected to hit cinemas on 18 Decembers 2015.

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