Star Wars Gareth Edwards spin-off gets a new writer

Who will replace Gary Whitta as writer of Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spin-off?

Star WarsWith the news that Gary Whitta had, apparently amicably, left Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spin-off film after completing his first draft, the rumour mill has kicked into gear about who will replace him.

SlashFilm is reporting that Simon Kinberg is in line to take over for the Godzilla director’s spin-off, but they’re stressing that it’s a rumour that they very much believe to be true. You know, one of those.

The prolific Kinberg is the writer of X-Men: Days Of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, Fox’s upcoming The Fantastic Four, and he’s also the creator of Star Wars Rebels, so he’s got genre experience and he’s familiar with the galaxy far, far away. He was also mooted as a possible writer for one of the spin-offs anyway, although it was unclear which one. As such, this rumour has the ring of plausibility about it, but it’s definitely not been confirmed by anyone.

SlashFilm also believes that Edwards’ film is about “a group of bounty hunters who steal the plans to the first Death Star, right before the original Star Wars.” That’s also been unconfirmed by anyone.

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