Joss Whedon has pleased his cavalcade of proud nerd fans with the successful release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Now it appears Disney wants to keep the momentum going by courting him to direct the second of its stand-alone “Star Wars Anthology” films.
In the wake of Josh Trank’s exit from the project, Latino Review indicates the former helmer of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is being courted by the Mouse House to direct the second of its stand-alone “Star Wars Anthology” movies. It was announced previously that a series of flicks will be released between each installment of the new trilogy kicking off with J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens” in December.
The first will be Gareth Edwards’ “Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One,” which will cover the journey of a group of ragtag rebels in a dangerous caper to steal the original plans for the Death Star. Next will be a still-untitled “Anthology” movie that The Wrap reported may be a Boba Fett origin story. The infamous bounty hunter captured fans’ attention in George Lucas’ original trilogy, despite having almost no screen time. He’s exactly the kind of character that would be perfect to bring back to the big screen by somebody with Whedon’s resume.
Trank was originally attached to direct the film, but he left the project for an unspecified reason, according to Rolling Stone. However, some believe Trank left because of differences with screenwriter Simon Kinberg. With Trank out, Whedon is reportedly next on Disney’s short list to helm the new movie -- likely a 2018 release.
As ScreenRant noted, Whedon is burnt out after directing the massive superhero hit and helping launch ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD” While he’s expressed an interest in taking a break in the past, he may have a hard time turning down an invitation to add a chapter to the iconic “Star Wars” canon.
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