Rian Johnson, the director of previous films Looper and Brick, has won many awards for his work and films, but he is now in line for the biggest project of his career. Johnson was recently named the director for Star Wars: Episode VIII! While previous rumors pegged the director of Episode VIII to also helm numero nine that will not be the case, as Johnson will helm only the second film in the next Star Wars trilogy. Ram Bergman will join Johnson as the film’s producer.
J.J. Abrams will head the first piece of the new trilogy. This news means a separate director will be at the front of each film. Hopefully there is plenty of continuity between the movies despite the changeover in director.