Welsh director will work with screenwriter Gary Whitta ahead of 2016 release date

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct a 3D Star Wars spin-off movie, it has been confirmed.

Welsh director Edwards will helm the first in what will be a series of stand-alone films that will be released in the intermittent years between the main Star Wars films. Edwards will work with screenwriter Gary Whitta on the upcoming movie, which does not yet have a title and will hit cinemas on December 16, 2016.

“Ever since I saw Star Wars, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honour,” Edwards said in a statement.

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.