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Colin Trevorrow is no longer directing Star Wars: Episode IX

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Last night Lucasfilm and Disney shared the following statement:

Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.

Written by Simon Kinberg, Lawrence Kasdan, Rian Johnson and Michael Arndt, Star Wars: Episode IX is set toconclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015 and will continue on December 15 with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Episode IX is scheduled for a May 24, 2019 release.

This is not new for Lucasfilm as they recently replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller with Ron Howard on the Han Solo movie. There was also the Rogue One reshoots that had Tony Gilroy directing them instead of Gareth Edwards.

As for this new development, I am not really that surprised. Treverrow did great things with Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic World did show he could handle a big budget movie. However, his most recent film, The Book of Henry, did not get many favourable reviews.

It seems that it was, as with the Han Solo movie, due to different versions of how the story should go. It seems that the main source of friction was the script, with Trevorrow being made to re-write it several times.

If you bring in a director who has a particular vision then it is understandable that they will want to go with that vision. However, when it comes to Star Wars, Disney and Lucasfilm know what they want. As they’ve invested huge amounts of money in it, then they can also do what they want.

It is a shame as I feel they are missing a trick by having everything the same style, particularly in the spin-off movies.

The question remains, who will now direct the 9th episode? Rian Johnson and J.J. Abrams have both been mentioned, but who would you like to see direct the next film? Should Disney keep playing it safe with their choice of directors?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Domhnall Gleeson as Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran as Rose.

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