Just hours from the announcement that Colin Trevorrow is off Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode IX,” a rumored frontrunner has emerged and the choice is both obvious and welcome – Rian Johnson.
In a series that has seen a rocky developmental road with numerous problems and director changes mid-stream, Johnson’s work on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was comparatively smooth sailing – even with the passing of one of its key stars in Carrie Fisher.
The acclaimed “Brick” and “Looper” filmmaker has shown he has a steady hand and can work with Disney and Lucasfilm without issue. Asked the other month if he’d come back for another ‘Wars’ film he replied on Twitter: “I would do another SW movie in a heartbeat. I’ve had the time of my life.”
One key difference this time is Johnson hasn’t been involved in the writing of ‘Episode IX’ despite reports to the contrary. Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, and more recently Jack Thorne, have been the ones to work on the script.
“Star Wars: Episode IX” is currently slated to open on May 24th 2019.