Colin Trevorrow Dropped as ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Director; Rian Johnson Now the Frontrunner

There’s been another shake-up in the galaxy far, far away! Per The Hollywood Reporter, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will no longer be helming the upcoming Episode IX. Here’s what Disney and Lucasfilm had to say about the news:

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.

The director of Safety Not GuaranteedJurassic World, and this year’s The Book of Henry was confirmed as the director of the third film in the trilogy just over two years ago, where he would work closely with The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson on the story and build a conclusion for the third film. Derek Connolly, who was co-writing the script with Trevorrow, is also no longer attached. Stepping in is Jack Thorne, who has quite a solid track record when it comes to TV, so that’s an addition that should not be taken lightly.

It’s interesting timing. There’s been rumblings of this for a while now, but it may have the been the critical and box-office flopping of his recent film The Book of Henry that may have had Lucasfilm officially make the change. I’m not sure we’ll ever know what “different visions” really means, but just weeks ago Trevorrow was talking about Star Wars and how excited he was to take on this project, which makes it seem like Lucasfilm pulled the trigger suddenly.

As far as names to replace the director, Deadline reported just shortly after THR’s report that The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson is atop Lucasfilm’s shortlist of directors, which would make sense, especially if he crushed The Force Awakens sequel. But don’t rule out the possibility of some other names, including my top choice in Ava Duvernay. Why Duvernay? I explain that below in our latest edition of The Padawan Anthology.

Hopefully we’ll have some concrete information soon as The Last Jedi is coming fast. If we don’t hear anything before its release, it’s almost a guarantee that Johnson will be returning. Either way, this is just another massive shake-up in the Star Wars universe, something that could have a lot of fans worried.

What do you think of this news? Was this expected or a huge surprise? Are you okay with it? Who do you want to see replace him?

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