Meteoric Rise To Fame For Former Student

A former Higham Lane School student is over the moon in the wake of the announcement that he will be directing a Star Wars spin-off film.

Following on from the phenomenal worldwide success of his second feature film - Godzilla - movie-maker Gareth Edwards has been invited to direct the next chapter of the inter-galactic smash hit.

A fan from an early age, 38-year-old Gareth is extremely proud of the fact that he will be directing the new film, which is a massive achievement for the him both professionally and personally.

His delighted mum, Yvonne Edwards, said in a recent interview with the Nuneaton News: ``At four-years-old he was the biggest fan of the film and knew the whole script. We would be driving to Wales and he would be sitting in the back of the car doing all of the characters.

``I have already had some of his old school friends contacting me saying how amazing it is and how they remember Gareth loving the films.’’

Although details are vague at the moment, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Gareth will be directing a Star Wars standalone film that offers a new story beyond the original saga.

The studio has already confirmed that the stars of the original trilogy - Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford - will be returning to the roles of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo. The film is due for release in December 2016.

It is a tale of a Nuneaton boy-done-good when, as a 15-year-old, he was told to steer away from films. When he informed his careers advisor he wanted to be a film director, he was abruptly asked, ``And what is Plan B?’’ Gareth's reply was ``There isn’t one, I’ll just die trying!’’

After leaving Higham Lane School, Gareth took a course in audio-visual arts at North Warwickshire & Hinckley College followed by a BA in Film & Video at UCA Farnham in West Surrey. He then went on to work for the BBC in visual effects.

Following the success of his first feature film, Monsters, in 2010, he landed Godzilla which has seen a meteoric rise to fame for Gareth who is now one of the world’s most sought-after film directors.

Below: Former Higham Lane student, Gareth Edwards, with his mum, Yvonne, at the London premiere of Godzilla.