According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm has hired Chris Weitz to write the first Star Wars stand-alone film that is being directed by Gareth Edwards. This news follows the departure of Gary Whitta who left the project after completing a first draft.
Weitz also wrote the upcoming Disney live-action adaptation of Cinderella which will be released this March.
The subjects of the two stand-alone Star Wars films in development are still unknown.
The film is scheduled to be released December 16, 2016.