Star Wars: Episode IX - Colin Trevorrow Out as Director

Colin Trevorrow appears alongside Naomi Watts

Colin Trevorrow appears alongside Naomi Watts

Now, the company has made an even bigger move by publicly announcing on the official Star Wars website that Episode IX will no longer have Colin Trevorrow behind the camera.

Lucasfilm then wished Trevorrow the best and said that they would be "sharing more information about the film soon".

"Jurassic World" director Colin Trevorrow will not be directing the final installment in the "Star Wars" sequel trilogy after all. Tony Gilroy took over from Gareth Edwards for massive reshoots on 2016's Rogue One.

Lucasfilm has yet to announce a replacement for Trevorrow, but since initial shooting on Episode IX wasn't set to begin until early next year, the studio still has time.

That is surprising news at the least, considering Trevorrow - whose past projects include Jurassic World (2015), The Book of Henry (2017), and Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) - has been attached to Episode IX since 2015.

Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed the first two "Avengers" movies, said "Age Of Ultron" was too draining for him to come back for the third.

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There is no word yet on who will replace Trevorrow, whose latest film, The Book of Henry, failed to meet critical or box office expectations.

Episode IX is expected to star Daisy Ridley and John Boyega and is due out in May 2019.

In June, Lucasfilm sacked directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie), who were just weeks away from wrapping up principal photography on the hotly anticipated Han Solo spin-off.

Are you disappointed that Trevorrow is gone from Episode IX? It also adds yet another chapter on the rather spotty record of directors coming in to oversee new "Star Wars" films only to leave before things could get off the ground. The statement is fairly run of the mill, with the Powers That Be pointing to the ol" "creative differences' to explain this "mutual" decision between director and studio.

Meanwhile, Rian Johnson is one of the fortunate ones; he managed to hold on to the director's chair for "The Last Jedi", which opens December 15.

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