Rian Johnson Set To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' & 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

The forthcoming 'Star Wars' trilogy may have just found its next director.

Lucasfilm have apparently approached filmmaker Rian John to write and direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII' and 'Star Wars: Episode IX,' Deadline reports.

The 40 year-old would be taking over from the sci-fi franchise's current director J.J. Abrams, who has previously insinuated that he would only take the helm of 'Star Wars: Episode VII,' which is currently being filmed in the U.K.'s Pinewood Studios.

Johnson's filmmaking career boasts many small indie dramas, but one big blockbuster on his resume is 2012's critically acclaimed flick 'Looper,' which starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis.

He has also directed several episodes of AMC's award-winning series 'Breaking Band.'

Although Johnson has yet to publically comment on the exciting news, he did take to Twitter to post a short clip from the astronaut biopic 'The Right Stuff,' which insinuates that he has taken Lucasflm up on their offer.

"Dear Lord, please don't let me f-- up," actor Scott Glenn said when he was paying the role of Alan Shepard.

As for now, all fans of the 'Star Wars' franchise should just worried about 'Episode Vii' as filming has already ran into a major issue.

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J.J. Abrams shooting schedule could need altering after Harrison Ford, who is reprising his famed Han Solo role, sustained a broken leg which required surgery just over a week ago.

It is expected that the injury, which occurred on June 12th, may side-line the veteran star for up to 6 to 8 weeks.

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Ford's leg broke while he was shooting in the U.K. when a spaceship fell onto his leg. Ironically it was his character's own ship's hydraulic door, from the famed Millennium Falcon, that caused the damage.

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Johnson has been approached to direct the next two 'Star Wars' flicks


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