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.


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, Lucasfilm 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]


Notes and references[]

  1. Lussier, Germain: Simon Kinberg Helped Josh Trank Get 'Star Wars' Job; Pair Will Work Together Again (2014-08-01). /Film. Archived from the original on August 14, 2019.
  2. Fischer, Russ: Watch Josh Trank's Early 'Star Wars' Short Film (2014-06-04). /Film. Archived from the original on August 7, 2020.
  3. StarWars.com Josh Trank Departs Star Wars Anthology Film on StarWars.com (backup link)
  4. Rottenberg, Josh: Josh Trank sets the story straight on why he left 'Star Wars' (2015-06-04). LA Times. Archived from the original.

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