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Trank to direct stand-alone Star Wars film

NEW YORK — Josh Trank will direct one of the planned stand-alone Star Wars films.

Lucasfilm announced yesterday that the 30-year-old filmmaker will helm one of the two announced Star Wars spinoffs being made outside of the third trilogy. An earlier announced spinoff is to be led by Godzilla director Gareth Edwards.

Trank is the director of 2012’s found footage-style science fiction thriller Chronicle. He currently is working on The Fantastic Four, the superhero team-up reboot scheduled for release next year.

Lucasfilm gave no details on the subject of the Star Wars movie. J.J. Abrams is in production on Star Wars: Episode VII, which will follow The Return of the Jedi in chronology.

Abrams on Tuesday tweeted a photo with a note pleading for people not to leak photos from the set of Episode VII. In recent days, dozens of photos from the set of the film have appeared online.

But his message was also tongue-in-cheek. Though Abrams alluded to “ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie,” his note was wryly played on the spaceship’s familiar “Holochess” board. Star Wars fans quickly picked up on the pun.

AP

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