After the crushing box-office success that was last weekend’s Godzilla, its director, Gareth Edwards, has been gifted his very own Star Wars spin-off.

News of the spin-off is not a surprise—in May, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the studio had plans to make at least three Star Wars spin-offs that would be released in between the new trilogy titles. This is just Disney appearing to make good on its word. They’ve already set a release date of December 16, 2016 for the film, of which little else is known. J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars Episode VII is due in theaters a year before, on December 18, 2015.

The official Star Wars Web site confirmed the news with a press release, explaining that a screenwriter, Gary Whittas, has also been selected.

“Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in Monsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year’s smash hit Godzilla.

“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 & honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” said Edwards.

Gary Whittas screenwriting credits include 2010s The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of The Walking Dead.

Source: Vanity Fair