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Looper's Rian Johnson to Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode VIII

Rian Johnson, who directed Brick and Looper, has signed on to write and directStar Wars: Episode VIII, sources tell The Wrap. Johnson will also reportedly write the treatment for the ninth movie, but will not direct it.

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Rian Johnson, who directed Brick and Looper, has signed on to write and directStar Wars: Episode VIII, sources tell The Wrap. Johnson will also reportedly write the treatment for the ninth movie, but will not direct it.

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Though Lucasfilm hasn't made it official yet, Johnson cryptically tweeted a clip from The Right Stuff in which Scott Glenn's character prays: "Dear lord, please don't let me f--- up."

Johnson isn't the only young director to get a shot at helming a Star Wars installment. Disney and Lucasfilm hired Godzilla's Gareth Edwards and Chronicle's Josh Trank to direct spin-off films.

In addition to Brick and Looper, Johnson has directed three episodes of Breaking Bad, including the seminal "Ozymandias" last season. 

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