A New ‘Star Wars’ Movie Is Officially In The Works

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A new Star Wars movie helmed by relatively unknown director J.D. Dillard is currently in the works at Disney, according to a recent report from THR‘s HeatVision newsletter.

The 32-year-old Dillard — I think, he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, I’m basing this off the fact that a Vanity Fair article from January 2016 said he was 28-years-old — who began as a receptionist at J.J. Abrams’s production company Bad Robot, has since accumulated nine directing credits to his name. He is perhaps best known for his 2016 film Sleight.

With Rise of Skywalker in the rearview, Disney and Lucasfilm are focusing on the next phase of Star Wars movies.

One thing being discussed is whether the science fiction fantasy’s immediate future will play out on the big screen or Disney+. Or both.

Feature development is still very much happening —even if most details may as well be hidden in the deep, murky caves of Exegol. However, Heat Vision has learned that J.D. Dillard, best known for writing and directing the sci-fi thriller Sleight, and Matt Owens, a writer on Marvel shows Luke Cage and Agents of SHIELD, have been tapped to write a new Star Wars film. [via The Hollywood Reporter]

Not that this is a measurement of success, but Dillard’s directorial career is currently so low-profile that he has less than 2,500 followers on Twitter at the time of this writing. That’s sure to change now that there are reports he’s in charge of a new Star Wars movie.

At this time, the movie has yet to be formally announced and no actors are attached to star. Additionally, it is unclear whether or not the film will be released in theaters or featured on Disney+.


Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him eric@brobible.com