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Game of Thrones duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to pen new Star Wars series

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Story by Jack Foley

GAME of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been hired to create a new series of Star Wars films.

The duo will write and produce a set of films that will be separate from the previously announced new trilogy that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is preparing, and will also stand alone from the Skywalker Saga.

In making the announcement on Tuesday, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement: “David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today. Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.”

No dates have yet been set for the new series, although the duo are currently hard at work bringing Game of Thrones to an end.

They did, however, issue a joint statement, saying: “In the summer of 1977 we travelled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since. We are honoured by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”

Next up on for Disney and LucasFilm is Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is due out on May 25, followed by the JJ Abrams’ directed Episode IX (December 20, 2019), which will mark the final part of the current Skywalker Saga.