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Israeli producer Ram Bergman will produce the next two Star Wars films

Debra writes for the JTA, and is a former features writer for The Times of Israel.

From left, Rian Johnson, Emily Blunt, James D. Stern and Ram Bergman pose backstage with the award for best sci-fi/horror movie for "Looper" backstage at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
From left, Rian Johnson, Emily Blunt, James D. Stern and Ram Bergman pose backstage with the award for best sci-fi/horror movie for "Looper" backstage at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Ram Bergman, the Israeli producer best known for 2012’s time-traveling thriller “Looper,” is headed to a galaxy far, far away.

Bergman will produce the next two Star Wars films, Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, working alongside writer-director Lian Johnson, with whom he also collaborated on “Looper.”

Bergman, who moved to Hollywood from Israel in 1991 and got his first big break producing 2005’s “Brick,” was named one of Variety magazine’s Top 10 producers to watch in 2008.

Johnson will take over director duties from J.J. Abrams, who is in the midst of directing Star Wars Episode VII.

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