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Numerous assumptions that the Star Wars universe could be scaling again a bit within the wake of the (comparatively) poorer essential and field workplace efficiency of J.J. Abrams’ Rise Of Skywalker look like much less clearly right by the minute, as Variety reports that one more mysterious area shoot-ems movie venture is seemingly within the works.

This one is coming courtesy of director J.D. Dillard, finest identified for his 2016 magician-noir-drug-dealer-but-also-he-has-magnet-powers-kind-of thriller Sleight. Dillard will reportedly be engaged on the venture with screenwriter Matt Owens, whose earlier credit embrace Luke Cage and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Information of the movie’s growth comes as Star Wars continues to be at a crossroads, development-wise: Disney is reportedly courting Taika Waititi to develop a movie within the fabled sci-fi universe, the Obi-Wan present is going through delays at Disney+, and Rian Johnson appears way more eager about pursuing the life and instances of Benoit Blanc than in subjecting himself to the Rancor pit of on-line, uh, rancor yet again by pursuing his long-promised second franchise movie. There’s additionally a component of slowly blossoming range to have in mind right here, for a sequence that has traditionally struggled with it: Neither Dillard, nor Owens, are white, and if Dillard goes by with making the movie, he’ll be the primary Black particular person to ever movie a film installment within the Star Wars universe.