Godzilla director Gareth Edwards to make Star Wars spin-off film

British director said he 'could not be more excited' for his new mission

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is set to direct a Star Wars spin-off film, The Walt Disney Company has confirmed.

The unnamed film will be in addition to the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII movie, which will be directed by JJ Abrams

Written by Gary Whitta, who penned the script of 2010 movie The Book of Eli, the spin-off film is due to be released on 16 December 2016.

Disney, which bought LucasFilm for $4bn in 2012, has confirmed it will release another trilogy of Star Wars films, beginning with the release of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII next year.

Earlier this month, Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, stated that there were plans to make at least three spin-off movies that would be released in between the forthcoming main trilogy films.

In a statement, Edwards said: “Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – join the Rebel Alliance!

“I could not be more excited and honoured to go on this mission.”

The British director began his career working on visual effects on TV series such as Seven Wonders of the Industrial World, Space Race and Perfect Disasters. He has since served as a director on 2010 film Monsters and this year’s blockbuster Godzilla.

Despite receiving some negative reviews, Godzilla stormed to the top of the global box office last weekend grossing $196.2 million, making it the biggest opening of the year so far.

The re-make looks set to beat the earnings of the 1998 original, which took $379 million worldwide.

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