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"Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX", said the statement. "We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon".

He was officially announced as the director of Episode IX in August of 2015 and has also been co-writing the script. With Howard coming on to direct the Han Solo movie and veteran English director Stephen Daldry ("Billy Elliot") reportedly in early work on a standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, we might be seeing Kennedy's new thinking on how to take on "Star Wars" movies going forward.

Disney and Lucasfilm now looking for a new director to take his spot, according to Fox News. Creative control for directors extends only so far when the stakes are this high - Star Wars generates billions of dollars in revenue through movie tickets, DVDs, video games and merchandise sales. In addition to Phil Lord and Chris Miller, in 2015, Josh Trank was sacked from a standalone film about Boba Fett.

All of this behind-the-scenes upheaval surrounding Disney's most lucrative franchise can't help but be unsettling to fans, especially considering the drama behind the extensive reshoots on the most recent "Star Wars" film, "Rogue One".

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. And if it n 'there was not yet a big plan unveiled beyond the ninth film by Disney, it is thought well that they are thinking about in their offices with air conditioning. Also, Edgar Wright doesn't make bad movies, so why wouldn't the studio want him to direct one?

Likely not helping was his last film, a small-budget drama called The Book Of Henry, which arrived to withering reviews and awful ticket sales in June.

PATTY JENKINS - "Star Wars" has always been a franchise with strong female characters.

"Hollywood Pro Tip: young directors, don't take that STAR WARS gig", tweeted movie industry financial analyst Exhibitor Relations.

Some fans might be disappointed they'll have to wait a bit longer for more answers surrounding the mysterious ruler, but they should be happy with the emphasis Johnson is giving to Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi. "Even though it's Star Wars, the whole thing has felt bizarrely similar to my experience making Looper or Brick or The Brothers Bloom".


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