By: Dominic Jones
Late last week the Internet was taken by storm when rumors began circulating that Rian Johnson (Looper, Breaking Bad) would be directing Star Wars Episode VIII and writing Episode IX. Now one of Johnson's representatives has confirmed to the LA Times that the rumors are in fact true! Johnson will be taking over control of the sequel trilogy from JJ Abrams, who is currently working on Episode VII at Pinewood Studios in London. No word on what (if any) role Abrams might play in the remainder of the sequel trilogy. Disney has declined to comment on the rumors.
Personally I am excited at the prospect of Johnson directing Episode VIII. I absolutely loved Looper and Johnson directed one of my favorite Breaking Bad episodes (and one of my least favorites, but I'll give him a mulligan on that!)
While this is very close to a confirmation, we still have to hear from Disney/Lucasfilm before it's official. (And given that someone is talking to the press, I would guess that the announcement on StarWars.com will be coming sooner rather than later).
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