Just as original writer Michael Arndt left Star Wars: The Force Awakens, screenwriter Gary Whitta has now departed Disney’s first standalone Star Wars movie, which is being directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). According to THR, Whitta has completed a first draft of the film and is now moving on to his next project, which could be Fox’s adaptation of the Mark Millar comic book Starlight.
“The year I spent working with Lucasfilm on this Star Wars film has been by far the most rewarding period of my entire career,” said Whitta. “As a lifelong Star Wars fan I’m deeply grateful to have had the rare opportunity to contribute to a new chapter in its ongoing cinematic legacy. The film is going to be amazing.”
“Gary has been a wonderful, inspired contributor and I enjoyed working with him tremendously,” said Edwards. “I’m so grateful for all of his contributions.”