Johnson Responds To “Episode IX” Rumors

Appearing in Japan this weekend, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson was understandably asked about the possibility of his taking over from Colin Trevorrow at the helm of “Star Wars: Episode IX”.

Trevorrow and Lucasfilm parted ways on the project a week ago, and Johnson’s name quickly came up as a potential replacement. The filmmaker, however, has rebuffed any suggestion of his taking the gig for the moment. Speaking at a press conference, he tells SW Web Blog:

“It was never in the plan for me to direct Episode 9, so I don’t know what’s going to happen with it…for me, I was entirely focused on Episode 8 and having this experience. Now I’m just thinking about putting the movie out there and seeing how audiences respond to it. So no, I’m not really thinking about that right now. Whoever does it, I’m going to be really excited to be an audience member again, and to sit down and see what the next filmmaker has to show us and where this story ends up going.”

At the moment Johnson is assumed to be Lucasfilm’s first choice, the question is whether he wants to devote another two years of his life to the galaxy far, far away.

“Star Wars: Episode IX,” whomever helms it, is slated to open May 2019.