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Sean Erickson

Gareth Edwards: Sci-Fi's Golden Boy

Ever since Gareth Edwards snuck out the creepy, cool low-budget Monsters in 2010, he's been on a lot of people's radar. And when he upped the monster ante with the Godzilla reboot, he got tapped by Disney and Star Wars and found himself behind the wheel of two monstrous franchises. It's a good time to be Gareth Edwards, and a good time to be a fan of his.

Godzilla 2's Gareth Edwards has even more toys!
Godzilla 2's Gareth Edwards has even more toys!

The Star Wars spin-offs are something that caught fans completely by surprise. Getting a new trilogy was big enough news, releasing another Star Wars movie in between those - frosting on the cake. Putting Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank in charge of those movies, cherry on the frosting of the cake!

Destroy All Monsters!

We have a pretty good idea of what Edwards' [Godzilla 2](movie:1433439) will be like. Chances are it will feature Godzilla battling it out with either Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah or (in my dream come true) a remake of Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster - in which all three battle it out. Though looking at what Legendary Pictures said in their Comic-Con panel last year, it looks like they've committed to handling these three legendary monsters of mayhem one at a time.

A New Princess Leia!?

What is truly unknown is what this first [Stand-Alone Star Wars Movie](movie:854980) will be about. About all we know for sure is that the movie has landed its first actor, with Felicity Jones signing on for an unknown part. But does this tell us something big?

The prevalent rumors surrounding this first spin-off have focused on being one of three things - young Han-Solo centric, Boba Fett centric or Rebel heist centric. But could it be a combination of all the above with the center of the film being a young Princess Leia?

Felicity Jones to be the new Princess Leia?
Felicity Jones to be the new Princess Leia?

There's a strong resemblance in Felicity Jones to a young Princess Leia and I can easily picture a plot that has Leia putting together a plot to steal the Death Star blueprints and having the ensuing adventure feature give fans a peak at Han Solo and Boba Fett. A news site from Gareth Edwards' hometown of Wales seems to agree...

In fact, if you were auditioning actresses to play a young princess Leia, Tatiana Maslany and Rooney and Kate Mara are all good choices, but Felicity Jones does have that certain Leia/Carrie Fisher something.

The Best of All Worlds

More than anything, the idea of the Rebels obtaining the Death Star blueprints does feel more integral to the larger Star Wars story than coming up with some separate Han Solo or Boba Fett adventure. Not to say that it wouldn't be extremely fun to dip into the history of these characters in a solo movie (no pun intended), but there could be some very fun ways the folks behind this first spin-off have to tie all of these characters together in a Death Star heist movie.

Can you guess which movie I'm more excited about? What do you think?


Which idea gets you more excited?


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