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Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday that it had “mutually chosen to part ways” with director Colin Trevorrow 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,” reads the brief announcement posted on StarWars.com.
Trevorrow rose to fame after directing the blockbuster “Jurassic World” in 2015, which went on to earn over $1 billion worldwide at the box office. But whispers about Trevorrow’s ability to pull off a “Star Wars” movie started when his latest movie, the indie “The Book of Henry,” opened earlier this year and was slaughtered by critics (it has a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes).
Lucasfilm has had a rough summer on the public relations front. In June, the directors of the untitled Han Solo movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were fired from the project over creative differences with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. The movie has since been taken over by Ron Howard.
The next “Star Wars” movie will be “The Last Jedi” (episode VIII). It opens in theaters December 15.