Star Wars: Rian Johnson to direct Episode IX?

Nick Sanchez
September 7, 2017

In a statement released on Tuesday (05Sep17), producers as Lucasfilm revealed they and the Jurassic World filmmaker had "mutually chosen to part ways".

Lucasfilm is now struggling with its directors between the firing of Phil Lord & Christopher Miller from the untitled Han Solo project and Colin Trevorrow agreeing to exit Star Wars Episode IX, so Johnson's trepidation about working on the project - even long before either of those projects lost their initial directors - seems to have been justified. "We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon". In June, Lucasfilm shocked people by firing Phil Lord and Chris Miller near the end of production on the Han Solo spin-off they were directing. He's been working on the film since then, looking at a production start in January 2018.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson, has confirmed that Luke Skywalker is indeed the last Jedi in the movie. 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. Massive Star Wars attractions are under construction at multiple Disney theme parks. Rian Johnson? Well, one pretty prominent director called it 40 years ago: George Lucas.

Taken from the Topps Star Wars Trader card series (via Comicbook), this new image of Supreme Leader Snoke doesn't feature Snoke as one of the side characters of The Last Jedi but instead as one of the film's main characters.

Star Wars and film fans online responded to Trevorrow's departure with snarky jokes and celebration. But with a line around the corner of capable directors, young and old, who want to work on these movies, it's hard not to come up with the right formula by picture lock. Luke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi.

Unlike the Lord and Miller situation over at The Somehow Still Untitled Han Solo Joint Now With Bonus Paul Bettany, fans did not seem to be too upset at the turnover for the final movie in the current trilogy. But "Star Wars" has the unique advantage of having incredible resources that it can rebound.

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