Just in case you missed it... Colin Trevorrow is no longer directing Star Wars Episode IX

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If you have even the slightest interest in Star Wars, you'll already have read that Lucasfilm have announced they've parted ways with director, Colin Trevorrow for Star Wars Episode IX. The second big director shift for a Star Wars film in the last six months.

Lucasfilm have cited differing visions on the direction of the film - so who knows what the actual reasoning is? Some are speculating that it may be related to the poor performance of Trevorrow's Book of Henry which was critically panned and only received a lukewarm reception at the box office.

A film changing director before entering production is hardly a new thing, but given the scale of the franchise and the fact that Episode IX acts as a something of a big finale the microscopes and rumour mongers are already focused on the film and are ready to jump up and down with glee at any signs that things might not be going to plan (see Rogue One and the Han Solo movie for previous form on this).

Source: StarWars.com

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Last updated: 05/04/2018 08:46:48

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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