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Colin Trevorrow no longer directing 'Star Wars Episode IX'

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He's been working on an Episode IX script for more than a year, so the official reasoning for his canning is "creative differences", which we'll just assume is Lucasfilm code for hot garbage.

The "Star Wars" movie franchise has parted ways with another director, Walt Disney Co announced on Tuesday, saying that director and writer Colin Trevorrow would no longer be involved in the studio's scheduled 2019 film "Star Wars: Episode IX".

"Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process", the Lucasfilm statement read. With yesterday's tersely worded announcement on StarWars.com, Trevorrow takes a seat on the bench next to Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were themselves canned as directors of the as-yet-untitled Han Solo movie a full four months into production and replaced by your reliable movie-making dad Ron Howard, who's been recording over their footage since.

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Now Deadline is reporting that a replacement has already been found, and Johnson will direct back-to-back Star Wars films, after finishing up on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, due out in December. The piece suggests that "nothing is done yet" but the prospect of Johnson directing Episode IX "is certainly in the air right now".

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According to other observers, the flop of the last film, Colin Trevorrow, the drama in The Book of Henry, would have weighed in the decision.

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In addition to pressure from fans and stakeholders, Episode IX also has the added responsibility of dealing with the unexpected death late a year ago of actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia. Luke Skywalker is the last Jedi, although that does not mean things could change by the end of the movie.

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