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Simon Kinberg has become an integral component in the rejuvenated Star Wars machine as of late. He’s an executive producer on the excellent animated series Star Wars Rebels. He’s consulting on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and was waiting in line to eventually write one of the planned standalone solo Star Wars films. According to new reports, that time is now.

Earlier, we reported that screenwriter Gary Whitta quietly and amicably departed the Star Wars movie set to be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) for December 2016. Who will replace him on the project? SlashFilm reports that it’s going to be Simon Kinberg, who will step in and take over screenwriting duties for Edwards’ movie. They couldn’t confirm through proper sources that this is happening, but they are confident in their source and, as they point out, it makes all of the sense in the world.

We mentioned all of the reasons why Simon Kinberg is a trusted advisor on Star Wars. In addition, though, he’s currently behind the resuscitation of several key geek properties. Kinberg worked with Bryan Singer on X-Men: Days of Future Past, and will contribute to next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. He’s a producer on Fox’s Deadpool and Gambit properties, as well as on the Fantastic Four that Josh Trank is directing. It was expected that Kinberg would write Trank’s planned Star Wars movie for 2018… and that still might occur. But for now, it also sounds like he’s going to step up and shape Edwards’ Star Wars movie in time for its 2016 release.

Here’s a potentially bigger issue, if you don’t happen to be a fan of Simon Kinberg’s work. He’s currently contributing more to this new phase of Star Wars stories than anyone else we can think of, including J.J. Abrams. Personally, I think Kinberg’s a creative geek with the chops to back up his current assignments. I may worry about him being stretched a little thin, but if he is the choice to take over for Whitta and keep Edwards’ Star Wars solo movie on track, I can’t argue with the selection.

We’re still months away from having our first Star Wars movie in theaters in years. I’m thinking a new trailer might drop soon, maybe even with some dialogue that clarifies the direction Kinberg and Abrams want this new franchise to head. We shall see.

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