Gareth Edwards, who is riding on a wave of prestige due to his monster movie's box-office success, has been tasked with directing the first "Star Wars" spin-off feature.

A few weeks after Disney announced plans for three spin-off movies based on the new "Star Wars" trilogy, the Hollywood Reporter has revealed the name of the director who will helm the first of these features. Disney has recruited Gareth Edwards, who is currently the man of the moment in Hollywood thanks to the box-office success of "Godzilla," which grossed nearly $200 million worldwide during its opening weekend.

The official "Star Wars" website also indicates that Gary Whitta ("After Earth") has been recruited to pen the script.

The untitled spin-off movie is slated to arrive in U.S. and Canadian theaters on December 16, 2016, one year after the release of the first film in J.J. Abrams' new trilogy. One of the secondary characters in the "Star Wars" franchise, such as Han Solo or Boba Fett, will be its protagonist.