The Hollywood Reporter (THR for short) is breaking the story this evening that Edwards will be directing an upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie, which is now scheduled to hit theaters on December 16, 2016. THR is also reporting that Book of Eli screenwriter Gary Whitta will be penning the script. Edwards wrote in a statement that is "excited & honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm." THR also writes that Edwards is still signed on for Godzilla 2 and 3, but I doubt that they will hit theaters anytime soon if that is the case.
Even though I didn't love Godzilla (read my "B+" review here), I still really enjoyed it and instantly recognized Edwards immense talent and fantastic directorial eye. While the subject of the spin-off isn't confirmed yet, I have a feeling that Edwards will have a lot of say in what the project ends up being and I'm confident that he'll pick a project that fits his style. This is another step in the right direction for the Star Wars franchise and I'm really happy that they're picking quality directors to helm these films.