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The Star Wars universe has lost a director as Josh Trank has exited the second anthology film.

In a statement posted to the official Star Wars site, Trank wrote: “After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path. I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities. That said, the Star Wars universe has always been one of my biggest influences, and I couldn’t be more excited to witness its future alongside my millions of fellow Star Wars fans. I want to thank my friends Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart, Simon Kinberg, and everyone at Lucasfilm and Disney for the amazing opportunity to have been a part of this. May the Force be with you all.”

Fans were concerned when Trank, who's currently finishing up the Fantastic Four reboot for 20th Century Fox, didn't show up for a planned presentation at Star Wars Celebration in April. While the director claimed to have a very bad case of the flu at the time, sources claim he was asked not to attend the event by Disney executives.

In statement, Lucasfilm VP development Hart said, “It was a privilege to collaborate with Josh. We are grateful for the energy and love of Star Wars that he brought to the process, and we wish him all the best.”

And so, the search for a new director begins once again. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18. Star Wars: Rogue One, the first anthology film, directed by Gareth Edwards, will follow in December 2016.

(Source: THR)

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