ByMarty Beckerman, writer at
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Marty Beckerman

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller aren't the only directors to lose a movie this year. Fans were shocked when Lucasfilm fired the duo from the Han Solo anthology film back in June. And now, the studio has parted ways with Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow, who had long been set to direct the untitled Episode IX, which will follow Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, opening December 15.

Lucasfilm shared a brief statement announcing the split:

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.

There is no word yet on who will replace Trevorrow, whose latest film, The Book of Henry, failed to meet critical or box office expectations. (Trevorrow was hired for Episode IX after Jurassic World became a box office smash in 2015; his previous film, 2012's Safety Not Guaranteed, was also a critical hit.)

It's possible that Rian Johnson will direct Episode IX — or Ron Howard, who replaced Lord and Miller on the Han Solo project — but either way, the studio will likely make an announcement in the near future to reassure fans of the franchise that all is well in the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Who knows, maybe it's not too late for George Lucas to come out of retirement for the final entry in the Skywalker saga?

What do you think of Colin Trevorrow leaving Episode IX? Share your thoughts in the comments below!



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