‘Fantastic Four’ Director To Helm ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off

Josh Trank follows Gareth Edwards for solo film set in galaxy far, far away.

From the Marvel Universe, to a galaxy far, far away, it looks like director Josh Trank will have his hands full over the next few years. Despite only directing one feature film — the critically acclaimed superhero riff “Chronicle” — Trank has two giant properties lined up over the next few years.

The first is “The Fantastic Four,” FOX’s reboot of the Marvel Comics based property which stars Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller, and Jamie Bell. The second is a standalone film set in the “Star Wars” universe.

This is the second fan-friendly addition to the “Star Wars” standalone films in nearly as many weeks, as Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”) and writer Gary Whitta also signed up with a spin-off, to be released in the off-years between the main features.

Though we don’t know any specific details about the spin-offs yet, we do know they’re rumored to be solo films focusing on the early years of favorite characters like Han Solo, Yoda, Boba Fett and of course, Sebulba, the pod-racing pilot young Ani Skywalker goes up against in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.”

Just kidding about the last one, but it is worthwhile noting that Trank’s “Fantastic Four” star Miles Teller previously told us that he’d love to throw his hat in the ring as a young Han Solo. We’ll just put that right here, and leave it at THAT IS AN AWESOME IDEA, MILES.

Back to Trank, he stated that, “The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time.”

Other than that, no details were offered, including a writer for the film. It is worthwhile of note, though, that the release affirmed Trank was working hard on “Fantastic Four,” so don’t expect him to drop one project for the other.

What do you think, is Trank a good choice for a “Star Wars” standalone?

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