According to The Hollywood Reporter, Colin Trevorrow has dropped out of directing Star Wars: Episode IX. Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed the news, releasing a statement that says the studios and Trevorrow have “mutually chosen to part ways.” It adds that Trevorrow has been a “wonderful collaborator throughout the development process,” but he and Lucasfilm’s “visions for the project differ.” The statement ends by promising to share more information about Episode IX “soon.”
This news comes as development on Episode IX has seemed relatively tumultuous lately, especially after the largely negative reviews for Trevorrow’s The Book Of Henry started to come in. Just last month, Disney and Lucasfilm brought in a new writer to revise the draft of the script that Trevorrow had co-written with his writing partner Derek Connolly. That’s on top of Phil Lord and Chris Miller getting fired from the Han Solo movie earlier this summer, which was also because their vision for the movie didn’t line up with what Lucasfilm and Disney wanted.