Josh Trank, the director of Chronicle and the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, is set to direct a stand-alone Star Wars movie.
Trank's spin-off is the second stand-alone Star Wars film announced, following news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will also step behind the camera on a future Star Wars film.
"We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family," said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
"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 added: "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."