Chris Weitz talks Star Wars standalone movie

The latest addition to the Star Wars franchise has finally spoken out about his involvement. About A Boy helmer Chris Weitz took over scripting duties on Gareth Edwards’ standalone movie from Gary Whitta last year, and recently spoke to Slash Film about the process.

“Well I think it still is the core,” he says of Whitta’s original script. “So there’s a very strong structure from Gary’s work and that’s a huge advantage to me. But just like with Cinderella [his most recent effort], it’s a director’s medium so it’s really about my making what Gareth needs to do his film.”

He goes on to discuss the experience of securing the gig, which sounds like a dream come true...

“But in terms of…in a weird way, it was like meeting for any assignment. Go in, talk about how you work and talk about the idea... So I tried to be as cool as possible in these meetings while still being aware if I got the assignment I was going to be able to work on something I’ve been dreaming of doing.”

Finally, he addresses the hopes of the series' die-hard fans:

“They need to expect everything because it’s Star Wars. They have to. If I don’t do that I’m failing in my job.”

Directed by Gareth Edwards with Felicity Jones expected to star, the first Star Wars standalone movie will open in December 2016.

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Gem Seddon

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