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According to Deadline, Looper director Rian Johnson has been tapped to both write and direct not just Star Wars: Episode VIII, but Episode IX as well. 

As the entire civilized universe is aware, JJ Abrams is currently working on Episode VII, but it has been known–or at least credibly rumored–for some time that he would not be returning to helm either of the two remaining films in the new Star Wars trilogy.

Johnson is best known for his recent time travel hit Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but he truly got his start on a critically acclaimed indie film called Brick. Ram Bergman, who produced both Brick and Looper for Johnson, will also produce the next two Star Wars films.

Not much more info is known at the moment–but we’ll keep a close eye on this story, and bring you any developments as they become available. Johnson himself has yet to comment on the monumental endeavor he’s signed himself up for–unless you count the posting of this video clip from another immortal classic of space cinema to his Twitter account:

Rian Johnson wasn’t on NerdBastards Early List of Possible Directors, but if you’ve seen Looper, you know he can handle complex plot lines and action scenes. If you haven’t seen Looper yet, Netflis that ASAP. If anyone can figure out how Han makes the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs it’s probably Johnson.

What do you think of this choice to finish off the new Star Wars Trilogy, is he the right man for the job?

Source: Deadline

Category: Film, Nerd Culture

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