'Looper' filmmaker Rian Johnson to write/direct 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

June 20, 2014 9:08 PM

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LOS ANGELES, June 20 (Reuters) - "Looper" filmmaker Rian Johnson will write and direct "Star Wars: Episode VIII," the second installment in the new trilogy of "Star Wars" films produced by Walt Disney Co, a source with knowledge of the plans said on Friday.

Johnson, 40, who also wrote and directed 2005's "Brick" and 2008's "The Brothers Bloom," will also write the initial script for the third installment of the trilogy, "Episode IX."

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