The galaxy has one less inhabitant. In a just-released statement, the “Star Wars” team at Lucasfilm has announced that Colin Trevorrow, set to direct the ninth installment in the ever-expanding blockbuster series since July of 2015, is no longer attached the film.
In an official statement posted on StarWars.com, Lucasfilm announced:
“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’s most recent film, “The Book of Henry,” was so poorly received when it hit theaters earlier this year, that many speculated that the “Jurassic World” helmer would no longer be trusted with the mega-franchise. In a revealing Hollywood Reporter interview, Trevorrow responded to the outcry.
“Not only did I grow up on these stories, like all of us did, [but] I think that the values of ‘Star Wars’ are values that I hold very close and very dear in my life,” he told the outlet. “I feel that the message of the way that the Force teaches you to treat other people and show respect for others, and the way it guides you through life, is really important to me. And I hope everybody would realize that that set of stories has affected me as deeply in my life as it has affected them.”
It’s the latest directorial parting to hit the “Star Wars” series, as Han Solo standalone directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller departed their project back in June. They were replaced by Ron Howard.
The film is currently still slated for a May 24, 2019 release date. The Rian Johnson-directed “The Last Jedi” will open on December 15.