Here’s some interesting news to close out your day—Gareth Edwards, who just directed the surprisingly great Godzilla reboot, has been put at the helm of the first Star Wars reboot film.

The as-yet untitled spin-off film has a release date of December 16, 2016, and will take place within the greater Star Wars continuity, but will not focus on the main characters of the upcoming sequel trilogy.

Oh, but before you get too excited, know that the spin-off was written by Gary Whitta, who wrote the scripts for The Book of Eli and Will Smith’s After Earth.  We’ll say that again:  Will Smith’s After Earth.

Here’s the official statement from (via /Film):

In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016.

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.

Whitta states, “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. 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.”

What do you think of the Star Wars news?