It was announced last week that the director for Star Wars Episode IX was no longer attached to the project. Director Colin Trevorrow has left the movie and it’s now up in the air as to who is going to replace him. It was reported that Episode VIII director would take over, however, he has commented that he currently had no intention of taking over.

Rian Johnson was interviewed by Star Wars Underworld and he quite honestly said:

“It was never the plan for me to direct Episode IX, so I don’t know what’s going to happen with it. I was entirely focused on Episode VIII and having this experience. Now I’m just thinking about putting the movie out there and seeing how audiences respond to it.

So, no, I’m not really thinking about that right now. Whoever does it, I’m going to be really excited to be an audience member again, and to sit down and see what the next filmmaker has to show us and where this story ends up going.”

The statement that Lucasfilm released claimed that ‘Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX.’ But, a few days later, Vulture reported that Trevorrow had been ‘difficult’ to work with, with the terrible reviews for his last film The Book of Henry had not helped.

Episode IX is still scheduled for release on 24th May 2019 and there is still no director attached to the movie. Before that, however, we get Episode VIII and the standalone Han Solo movie.

We will see.