By Lauren Moraski

(CBS NEWS) – We already know J.J. Abrams will be directing the next “Star Wars” film, but now we know who’s behind the separate “Star Wars” spinoff.

Disney announced Thursday that “Godzilla” filmmaker Gareth Edwards will direct a spinoff film, expected out on Dec. 16, 2016.

Gareth Edwards (credit: Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)

“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 honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” said Edwards, who also wrote and directed the 2010 film “Monsters.”

There’s no name for the stand-alone “Star Wars” spinoff movie — and no stars are attached to it yet. The script is being written by “The Book of Eli” screenwriter Gary Whitta.


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