Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars 7 spin-off confirms new writer

Gary Whitta’s replacement revealed for Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens spin-off

Boba Fett is one of the rumoured central characters of a Star Wars spin-off
Boba Fett is one of the rumoured central characters of a Star Wars spin-off

With Godzilla and Monsters director Gareth Edwards’ as-yet-untitled Star Wars: The Force Awakens spin-off losing screenwriter Gary Whitta, a replacement was only a matter of time given the high gear that Disney have put their new franchise in and the looming 16 December 2016 release date.

Rumoured subjects of the spin-off movie include a Boba Fett, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tattooine, and a young Han Solo.

Chris Weitz.working his magic
Chris Weitz.working his magic

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whitta’s replacement is Twilight: New Moon and The Golden Compass writer and director Chris Weitz.

It’s tough to put a positive spin on that back catalogue, isn’t it?

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