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'Star Wars' Spin-off Gets 'Godzilla' Director & Release Date!

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has signed on to direct the upcoming Star Wars spin-off!

“Ever since I saw ‘Star Wars’ I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life — join the Rebel Alliance!,” the English director shared in a statement. “I could not be more excited and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm.”

The film, which will center on characters like bounty hunter Boba Fett and Yoda, will hit theaters on December 16, 2016,

In case you didn’t know, the script will be penned by Gary Whitta.

“From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, ‘Star Wars’ has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer,” Gary recently shared. “It is deeply special to me, so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself.”

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Elizabeth Olsen & Aaron Taylor-Johnson: 'Godzilla' at Comic-Con

Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Bryan Cranston pose backstage at the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures preview of Godzilla held during 2013 Comic-Con on Saturday (July 20) at the Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

The stars were joined at the panel by director Gareth Edwards.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Elizabeth Olsen

The remake is about a giant radioactive monster called Godzilla who awakens from its slumber to wreak destruction on its creators. It will hit theaters everywhere on May 16, 2014.

FYI: Elizabeth is wearing a Balenciaga outfit, Robert Clergie shoes, Jamie Wolf rings, and Joan Hornig earrings.

10+ pictures inside of Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson at the panel… More Here! »

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