Colin Trevorrow leaves Star Wars 9

Jay Jacobs
September 7, 2017

American filmmaker Johnson is no stranger to action films; as well as the new Star Wars, he's also directed Looper, with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, plus three episodes of hit U.S. TV show Breaking Bad. A big reason for that is because the current fandom for "Star Wars" is beyond anything the franchise has ever experienced before, and it seems everyone can't get enough information, whether it's rumors or facts. Massive Star Wars attractions are under construction at multiple Disney theme parks. That will be determined on December 15, 2017, when this movie hits theaters. 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.

Lucasfilm Ltd president Kathleen Kennedy said in a Vanity Fair interview in May that the film was being reworked by her, Trevorrow and the Lucasfilm team.

A Boba Fett movie will likely be back on its feet with a new director.

Without Trevorrow at the helm, Episode IX now is up for grabs. A different report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film noted that, in 2016, women directed only 7 percent of the top 250 domestic-grossing films, down from 9 percent in 2015.

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"We want to make sure that when we bring a female director in to do "Star Wars", they're set up for success".

If there's one thing we might see change from Lucasfilm in its director choices, it's the experience level.

Disney and Lucasfilm now looking for a new director to take his spot, according to Fox News.

It's easy - Star Wars fans quickly made suggestions as to who could direct. Michelle MacLaren, a director and producer who most recently directed the pilot episode of HBO's The Deuce, surfaced a couple of times. He was officially announced as the director of Episode IX in August of 2015 and has also been co-writing the script. At the point of no return, the two parties were eventually separated and, as often in this kind of conflict, it is the studio who had the last word.

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