Rian Johnson Rumored To Write And Direct “Star Wars” Episodes VIII and IX

With J.J. Abram’s Episode VII underway, Deadline reports that Lucasfilm is already eyeing Rian Johnson to write and direct Star Wars episodes VIII and IX.

The writer-director, best known for his acclaimed high-school noir debut Brick in 2005 and the time-traveling thriller Looper in 2012, has a reputation for bringing both style and substance to the screen. Despite a relatively short career (three feature films to date), Johnson’s impressive work thus far makes him both an admirable and interesting choice to continue the new Star Wars franchise.

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