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Rian Johnson May Direct Star Wars: Episode IX

September 5, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Lucasfilm may have Rian Johnson return to direct Star Wars: Episode IX after Colin Trevorrow dropped out on Tuesday. Deadline reports that Johnson, who directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is on top of the shortlist of directors to take on the ninth film now that there is a vacancy.

The studio announced on Tuesday that Trevorrow had left the project due to differing visions for the film. While insiders say nothing has been decided yet, Johnson directing the film “is certainly in the air right now.” When Johnson first signed on to direct Last Jedi, it was is also noted that Lucasfilm and Disney originally intended to have him direct two films.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out on December 15th. Episode IX will release on May 24th, 2019.