We still don't know much about the plots of the films themselves, but at least we know who will be directing them. Following on from the announcement that British director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, reviewed here) would be directing one of the planned Star Wars Spin-off standalone movies, Disney/Lucas recently announced Chronicle's Josh Trank would be helming one of the others.
Trank, who is currently working on the rebooted The Fantastic Four, was quoted as saying: "The magic of the Star Wars universe defined my entire childhood ... The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."
The suggestion is that each spin-off would be based around a well-known character, possibly Boba Fett, Han Solo and Yoda .
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said: "We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family," she said. "He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX."
Star Wars Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams, and is currently shooting in the UK for release on 18 December 2015.