‘Star Wars’ Stand-Alone Film Selects Chris Weitz as New Screenwriter

By Kevyn Cortez | 2 years ago
‘Star Wars’ Stand-Alone Film Selects Chris Weitz as New Screenwriter

The “Star Wars” stand-alone pic has finally found its new writer, replacing Gary Whitta, who left the project earlier this month. Read on for more details on this story.

According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Weitz is the screenwriter for the spin-off pic. Whitta has departed from the project earlier this month, which is reported to be a “friendly split” between him and Lucasfilm.


Weitz is known for his work with his brother Paul Weitz on the comedy films “American Pie” and “About a Boy.” She directed the film adaptation of the novel “The Golden Compass” and the film adaptation of “New Moon” from the series of “Twilight” books. His most recent film is the drama “A Better Life”  and the upcoming live-action romantic fantasy, “Cinderella,” where he has written the screenplay.

Godzilla” helmer Gareth Edwards is tapped to direct the standalone pic. It was rumored to be about a group of bounty hunters who plans to steal the first blueprints of the Death Star. It is set before the events of “A New Hope.” The earlier rumors suggest it will be about Boba Fett and/or a young Han Solo though nothing has been announced officially as of yet.

Kate Mara, Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones and Tatiana Maslany are all reported to be testing for the female lead role while rumors suggest that the pic will be shot in Mexico. According to the website “Making Star Wars,” a source from Pinewood Studios reports that the pic will have “more on-location shooting than” J. J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” with Mexico as one of its destinations and will be shooting under the codename “Los Alamos.”

Moreover, the report suggests that the pic will be redesigning sets from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in order to save money. The forthcoming film is one of the two Disney spin-offs has in development with Gareth Edwards’ “Star Wars” standalone pic set for a release on Dec. 16, 2016.

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