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'Star Wars' Spinoff Feature Names Director LA Times

The director has been chosen for an upcoming movie that will be a stand-alone spinoff of the "Star Wars" franchise. The Los Angeles Times reports that "Chronicle" director Josh Trank will direct the project, the second of a number of stand-alone movies that are in the works in addition to the main "Star Wars" films.

No details have been revealed about the movie's plot, cast or release date.

In a statement, Trank said: "The magic of the 'Star Wars' Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."

The Times adds: "Landing a 'Star Wars' gig marks a huge career leap for the 30-year-old director, who made his feature debut with the sci-fi movie "Chronicle" in 2012. The found-footage-style film about a group of teens who gain superpowers from a mysterious glowing rock starred Dane DeHaan and Michael B. Jordan and grossed $126 million worldwide, on a slim $12 million budget."

Trank has been working on his second film, a reboot of "The Fantastic Four" starring Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell, with a June 2015 release date, the piece notes.

"Two weeks ago, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that 'Godzilla' director Gareth Edwards, a filmmaker enjoying a similarly meteoric rise, will take the reins on the first 'Star Wars' spinoff, to be released Dec. 16, 2016," the Times reports. "J.J. Abrams, meanwhile, is in charge of the central storyline and is currently directing 'Star Wars: Episode VII,' the first installment of a planned trilogy set 30 years after the original films. 'Episode VII' is set to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015."

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