Josh Trank is an American film director and screenwriter who was announced as the director for a standalone Star Wars film. On May 1, 2015, it was announced that Trank had left the project.


After directing five episodes of the 2007 Spike TV drama The Kill Point, Trank made his film directorial debut with 2012's Chronicle, a science-fiction superhero drama that received critical acclaim. He is also slated to direct a 2015 Fantastic Four film.

Disney and Lucasfilm first announced Trank's involvement in their series of upcoming Star Wars spinoff films on June 4, 2014. He joins writers Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan and director Gareth Edwards as names confirmed to be principally involved in the production of Star Wars spinoff film. Kinberg recommended Trank to Lucasfilm after collaborating with him on the Fantastic Four reboot.[1]

Trank directed a Star Wars short film which he posted online in 2007, titled Stabbing at Leia's 22nd Birthday. It depicts a lightsaber duel breaking out at a normal party, and concludes with the triumphant opponent being arrested by stormtroopers.[2]

On May 1, 2015, Lucasilm announced that Trank had walked away from directorial duties on the second Star Wars Anthology film.[3] Trank explained he wanted to pursue a smaller project having spent three years on Fantastic Four.[4]


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