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Lucasfilm has fired Colin Trevorrow as director of Star Wars: Episode IX. The final installment of the nine-part Star Wars saga is slated for release in 2019.
“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,” says a statement on the Star Wars website.
Lucasfilm hasn’t announced a replacement for Trevorrow.
fired the directors of the standalone Han Solo film and replaced them with legendary director Ron Howard. That firing was a lot more disruptive than firing Trevorrow because the Han Solo film is scheduled for a May 2018 release and filming was already well underway.
paid $4 billion for the rights to the Star Wars franchise five years ago. While Episode IX is supposed to be the final installment in the main Star Wars story, Disney is undoubtedly hoping that a strong conclusion to the series will support spinoffs and merchandising opportunities for years to come.