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Rian Johnson in talks to replace J.J. Abrams as the next Star Wars director - report

Jun 20, 2014 | 2:35pm EDT

Filmmaker Rian Johnson is reportedly in talks to take over directing the next two Star Wars films in the franchise from J.J. Abrams. Abrams is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII in England, but bosses at Lucasfilm are hoping to bring the Looper director on board to write and helm Star Wars: Episodes VIII and IX, according to No further details about the movie sequels have been released, but Abrams' film is set to hit theatres in December, 2015.

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