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Outside of movie nerds in the know, Rian Johnson is a unknown commodity whose name is not bandied about in households as much as, say, George Lucas. It looks like they’re going to have something in common pretty soon. Multiple reports went flying on Friday that Johnson, 40, had been tapped to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, the second part of a new trilogy that begins with J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII next year.

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