Rian Johnson will wield the Force.

Rian Johnson. May the Force be with you.

Despite Harrison Ford’s setback, production on “Star Wars Episode VII” is underway with J.J. Abrams directing and providing a screenplay alongside Lawrence Kasdan. Though details on what the new installment are very hush-hush, the film is assembling a cast that reunites the memorable characters from the original 1970s trilogy with a collection of fresh and talented faces to carry on the “Star Wars” legacy 30 years after “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.” A new development has just come in regarding the direction of the franchise; “Star Wars Episode VIII,” will not be directed by J.J. Abrams.

Instead, Rian Johnson is reported to take over the direction of the sequel to Episode VII and potentially provide a treatment for the final film of the new trilogy. Johnson began his professional career as an editor for the film “May,” but in 2012 he and his style made a huge breakthrough with the visceral and cerebral sci-fi/crime thriller “Looper.” Fans of the “Star Wars” franchise can’t wait to see what Abrams has in store but now they have a chance to be excited about where Johnson will take the franchise if talks prove successful and he can pick up where Abrams will leave off. “Star Wars Episode VII,” will arrive in theaters on December 18, 2015.

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