Gareth Edwards says ‘now the pressure is on’ ahead of directing ‘Star Wars’ movie

Welsh director will helm the first in what will be a series of stand-alone films

Director Gareth Edwards has said that he is “sworn to secrecy” over the 3D Star Wars spin-off movie he is directing.

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.

Speaking to to film students at the Beijing Film Academy (via The Hollywood Reporter), where he was giving a talk prior to the Chinese premiere of his movie Godzilla, Edwards said: “If I was in the audience at film school, looking at me now, I would hate me. I never could have predicted it this way.”

“I am very, very lucky, living in a dream job at the moment. I’m not allowed to talk about it, it’s all very secretive, but it’s a dream come true. Star Wars is the reason I got into filmmaking, so to be given this opportunity is like a dream,” he said. Adding: “Now the pressure is on.”

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.