No plans for Rian Johnson to direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

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Fortunately, Last Jedi marketing is starting to ramp up as the countdown gets closer and closer to premiere, which is a nice distraction from this uncertainty. Or "they parted ways". Trevorrow booked the Star Wars gig off the back of the $1.6 billion success of Jurassic World; he even turned down directing the sequel owing to his Star Wars commitments.

Things got worse after Trevorrow's most recent project, The Book Of Henry was an astounding flop. The internet acts more concerned with Lucasfilm's production issues overall than with Trevorrow's firing.

Uh. Anyway. You can watch the video below (the good part starts at 2:33), and dream up your best oddball director choices in the comments.

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However, in between that movie and starting the new Star Wars, Trevorrow directed The Book Of Henry, one of the biggest critical and commercial flops of 2017 so far.

After months of speculation and an intriguing trademark application from Lucasfilm, the name of the next movie in the Star Wars saga is official. "Rogue One" had its troubles, with extensive rewrites and reshoots. While working on the script, Johnson channeled his inner fan and had a blast writing Last Jedi.

Now the search is on for a new director. Rian Johnson would seem to be the most solid choice and could provide a nice sense of continuity between episodes. But Disney has ready-made, proven replacements in their stable: The Russo Brothers. It remains to be seen who will eventually be brought onboard to helm Episode IX, but right now Johnson is not signed on for the job.

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Moreover, Star Wars hasn't yet been established as an episodic, multiple-film "cinematic universe" in the same way as Marvel's, so individual directors don't have a tried-and-tested template to work from. The question now is who will they find to it? Prince Harry and Prince William apparently show up in the film, as does Tom Hardy, according to John Boyega.

The only concern I have is that they can't make the leap.

The next installment in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will be released on December 15. But the Russos flourished after jumping from sitcoms to "Winter Soldier". After that, they break down the third straight directorial exit from Star Wars movies.

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For instance, why is the Star Wars font red?

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