May 22, 2014 8:59 PM EDT

If three more Star Wars movies weren’t enough for you, don’t worry. There will be even more. In addition to the trilogy directed by J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun to develop multiple stand-alone movies that will “offer new stories beyond the core saga,” according to a post on

Gareth Edwards, the director of Godzilla and Monsters, will direct the first standalone Star Wars film. “Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life — join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” Edwards said in the post. The screenplay will be written by Gary Whitta, who penned The Book of Eli.

The movie is due on Dec. 16, 2016.


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