Colin Trevorrow will no longer be directing the final episode of the sequel trilogy, Star Wars: Episode IX.
Lucasfilm made the announcement today, revealing Trevorrow’s exit was a mutual decision between him and Lucasfilm as their visions for the project were no longer aligned. The project was targeting a production start date of January 2018, but it seems with the search for a new director now on, it’s likely this could change.
Here’s the official statement from Lucasfilm:
“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.”
Trevorrow himself had originally written the script for the ninth chapter of the Skywalker Saga, having submitted his latest draft in April, the week before Star Wars Celebration Orlando. But in August it was revealed that screenwriter Jack Thorne had been brought on to write a new draft for Episode IX. Thorne has created several British television series such as The Fades, The Cast-Offs, The Last Panthers and National Treasure, and has written the upcoming film Wonder starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay.
Plot details for Star Wars: Episode IX are still under wraps but Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver are all expected to return.
Star Wars: Episode IX is slated to hit theaters May 24, 2019.
UPDATE: According to The Hollywood Reporter’s sources, the relationship between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had become unmanageable. Kennedy was not eager to see another director leave the project after she fired Christopher Miller and Phil Lord off the Han Solo spinoff but Trevrorrow’s exit ultimately proved to be unavoidable.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.