Gareth Edwards' STAR WARS Spinoff Gets An Oscar-Nominated Writer

The Godzilla director's standalone Star Wars flick recently lost a writer in Gary Whitta, but Lucasfilm/Disney have wasted no time in finding a replacement, as Academy Award nominated About A Boy scribe Chris Weitz has been brought on board.


After completing a first draft of the script, Gary Whitta left Gareth Edwards' Star Wars project to work on Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's Starlight; but it seems a more than suitable replacement has been found. Simon Kinberg had been rumored but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Weitz (who received an Oscar nomination for his adapted screenplay for About A Boy) will take over writing duties on the film, the plot of which still remains a mystery. The most recent rumors however, point to both fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett and Han Solo being the focus. Can we expect this to be a trend with this new batch of Star Wars films? After working on a treatment for The Force Awakens, Michael Arndt handed over the pen to J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Weitz also wrote the script for Disney's upcoming live-action take on Cinderella, as well as The Golden Compass and The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
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