Rian Johnson Slated to Direct “Star Wars: Episode VIII”

Posted Friday June 20, 2014 2:56 PM GMT

Getting ready for the next big production, sources state that Disney tapped Rian Johnson to direct “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”

In addition to directing the new flick, the “Looper” leader is also reportedly writing a treatment for “Episode IX.”

J.J. Abrams is directing the first new space film, “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which is currently under production.

Abrams' flick stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o and Max von Sydow. The newbies join original stars of the Star Wars saga including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.

It's set to hit theaters next year.

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