Colin Trevorrow dropped as director of Star Wars: Episode IX
Colin Trevorrow has been dropped as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX.
Trevorrow had been confirmed to direct the follow-up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi back in 2015 following his success with Jurassic World, but has now parted ways with Disney and a new director is being sought.
In a statement, Disney said: "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."
The decision comes after Trevorrow's follow-up to Jurassic World, The Book Of Henry, bombed at the box office and received a critical mauling.
It had already been confirmed that Jack Thorne, co-writer of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, had been brought in to rewrite Trevorrow and writing partner Derek Connolly's script for Episode IX.
Production on Star Wars: Episode IX is currently expected to get underway at the start of 2018 with the movie due to be released into cinemas on May 24th in 2019.
The next Star Wars instalment is The Last Jedi, which comes to UK cinemas on December 14th this year.
The Last Jedi sees Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis and the late Carrie Fisher return for the new movie, while Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran join the cast.
Looper director Rian Johnson writes and directs this new movie.
The movie is the follow-up to the hugely successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens and picks up directly after that movie with Rey having finally completed the search for Luke Skywalker. You can see the first trailer here.