‘Star Wars': Josh Trank set to direct standalone film

June 04, 2014 | 10:16 a.m.
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Actor Harrison Ford, who was cast as Han Solo in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Two women have joined the cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII": Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, left, and Gwendoline Christie.

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"Inside Llewyn Davis" actor Oscar Isaac has been tapped to join the "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast. Click through to see who else scored a role in the film. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Actress Daisy Ridley, relatively new to the acting scene, has also landed a role in the upcoming film "Inbetweeners II." (Matthew Brooks)

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Actor Adam Driver, best known for his work in the HBO comedy "Girls." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor John Boyega, best known for playing Moses in the sci-fi flick "Attack the Block." (Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images)

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Actor Max von Sydow, who received Academy Award nominations for his work in "Pelle the Conqueror" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, who played Bill Weasley in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." (John Phillips / Invision / Associated Press)

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Actor Andy Serkis, best known for motion capture acting for roles such as Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

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Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original trilogy. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor Mark Hamill, best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy. (Stephanie Cornfield / For the Times)

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Actor Anthony Daniels, best known as C-3PO in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor Kenny Baker, best known for portraying "Star Wars" robot R2-D2, left, and actor Peter Mayhew, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the original trilogy. (Keith Hamshere / Lucasfilm Ltd)

Josh Trank is set to join “Godzilla” filmmaker Gareth Edwards as a new recruit to the “Star Wars” universe.

Trank will direct one of the multiple standalone movies that Disney plans to release that will explore the world created by George Lucas outside of the primary episodes of the franchise.

Lucasfilm announced Trank’s selection Wednesday, but revealed no details about the film’s story line.

It’s been a busy time in the “Star Wars” universe. Earlier last month, Edwards, who enjoyed a blockbuster success with his big-budget “Godzilla” reboot, was tapped to helm another of the “Star Wars” standalone projects, which will be written by Gary Witta (“The Book of Eli,” Telltale Games’ adaptation of “The Walking Dead”).

Also in May, J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII,” scheduled to arrive in theaters Dec. 18, 2015, officially went into production, with a cast that includes Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and newcomer Daisy Ridley, in addition to Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow as well as the principal actors from Lucas’ original saga.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker all will reprise their iconic roles for Abrams’ film.

Josh Trank, shown here on the set of "Chronicle," is slated to direct the "Fantastic Four" reboot. (Alan Markfield / 20th Century Fox)

Josh Trank, shown here on the set of “Chronicle,” will direct a standalone “Star Wars” film. (Alan Markfield / 20th Century Fox)

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Lupita Nyong’o, who earned a best supporting actress Academy Award for her heart-wrenching turn in “12 Years a Slave,” would be joining the cast of “Episode VII,” along with Gwendoline Christie, best known as the towering fighter Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” (Click through the gallery above for a look at the actors starring in “Episode VII.”)

Trank won early acclaim for his low-fi superhero hit “Chronicle.” He is currently in production on Fox’s reboot of “The Fantastic Four,” which will star Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and “Divergent” actor Miles Teller, with Toby Kebbell as the villain Doctor Doom.

The film is set for release June 19, 2015.

– Gina McIntyre

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