S7AR WARS NEWS: Rian Johnson to Direct Episodes 8 and 9 | FanboysInc

S7AR WARS NEWS: Rian Johnson to Direct Episodes 8 and 9

By Muuka Muyumba

Deadline is reporting that Looper director Rian Johnson is set to take over from J.J. Abrams as writer and director of Episodes 8 and 9.

UPDATE: ‘Star Wars’ Bombshell! Rian Johnson To Write, Direct Next Two Films

Johnson struck a chord with fanboys by writing and directing the great sci-fi film Looper starring frequent collaborator, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which centered on a bounty hunter from the future having to chase his older self down. Johnson has also received acclaim for quirky films like Brick and The Brothers Bloom. Johnson also proved proficient at TV by directing 3 acclaimed episodes of Breaking Bad.

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Johnson has shown a stunning visual flare while remaining an unapologetic fanboy himself. Johnson has not acknowledged the news, but posted a mysterious video clip from The Right Stuff of Scott Glenn‘s character asking praying to God before his maiden voyage into space.

Johnson has long been rumored to direct a Star Wars film since the franchise was bought by Disney. Disney has shown no lack of vision by going after those names that most would assume could most likely lead Star Wars into its cinematic future. Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank have scooped up jobs directing Star Wars stand-alone films. Now with Johnson in the fold, Disney has the top young visionary directors in the game today.

We await official word from Disney, so classify this as a rumor trending toward truth.