Pretty major news for a Friday afternoon in June: Another new “Star Wars” director has been announced, and it’s Rian Johnson, who will take over as director of Episodes VIII and IX, Deadline reported Friday.
The 40-year-old Johnson is best known as director of “Brick,” “The Brother Bloom” and “Looper”; he was also behind the camera for many episodes of Breaking Bad, including the famous “Ozymandias” considered by most TV critics the best episode of that series and best TV episode of 2013.
The director’s hiring means J.J. Abrams will only direct the first “Star Wars” film, the in-production Episode VII. Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank have already been announced as directors of the first two of the “standalone” “Star Wars” films. The first sequel is set to arrive in December of 2015, with the two Johnson-directed films expected in 2017 and 2019.
Those directors all have something in common- they’re young enough that they grew up with “Star Wars” a major cinematic event already.
Johnson’s hiring has not yet officially been announced on the StarWars.com page.