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Josh Trank to direct stand-alone 'Star Wars' film

'Chronicle' becomes latest director join franchise

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Josh Trank has become the second director confirmed for one of the 3D Star Wars spin-off movies, it has been confirmed.

Trank, whose films include Chronicle and the upcoming The Fantastic Four, joins Welsh director Gareth Edwards on the list of directors who will helm a series of stand-alone films that will be released in the intermittent years between the main Star Wars films.

The news was confirmed on the official Star Wars website with director saying: "The magic of the Star Wars universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."

Disney recently suggested they will release at least three Star Wars spin-off films in the next 10 years in addition to the three they have already committed to making.

Meanwhile, the seventh installment of the much loved franchise has begun shooting at London's Pinewood studios ahead of a December 2015 release. Original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will return for the film alongside newcomers including Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver and latest addition Lupita Nyong'o.

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