Lucasfilm and Disney are setting the wheels in motion to expand the “Star Wars” cinematic universe. The studio proudly announced that “The Fantastic Four” helmer Josh Trank will take seat behind the lens for another standalone “Star Wars” movie. Trank will be expected to take charge of a standalone project with no relation to the spin-off movies, featuring “Star Wars” characters. Trank’s “Star Wars” project has not been revealed yet, and he will not be helming any of previously announced spin-off films.

Official announcement reads:

“In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank.”

Some Star Wars geeks will remember after Disney acquired Lucasfilm in a $4.05 billion transaction in 2012, the studio announced that it would launch a new trilogy, plus spinoff films. The turnout so far includes a list of star-studded directors.

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Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said:

“We’re thrilled to welcome Josh into the family,”

“He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX.”

Trank said:

“The magic of the ‘Star Wars’ universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time.”

Geeks following the “Star Wars: Episode 7” production progress will be familiar with the ongoing rumors suggesting that popular characters in the franchise will be getting their own movies. Bounty Hunter Boba Fett, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Jedi master Yoda will likely receive the spin-off treatment, with no less than three spin-off movies scheduled to be released in between the main installments. Trank’s breaking news comes short on the heels of the exciting announcement that “Godzilla” helmer Gareth Edwards has officially been hired to direct a “Star Wars” spin-off. The spin-off projects will take shape once director J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars Episode 7” kicks off on December 18, 2015. Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta (Book of Eli). The film is due out December 16, 2016.