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Rian Johnson Front Runner for Star Wars: Episode IX Director Job
Sep 6, 2017 by: WENN
Director Rian Johnson is the favorite take over at the helm of Star Wars: Episode IX.
News broke on Tuesday that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow had quit the next Star Wars movie, with producers at Lucasfilm releasing a statement declaring the decision was mutual.
Now Deadline is reporting that a replacement has already been found, and Johnson will direct back-to-back Star Wars films, after finishing up on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, due out in December.
The movie website adds nothing has been signed as yet, but the prospect of Johnson continuing as the head of the franchise is high.
Johnson is no stranger to action films; as well as the new Star Wars, he’s also directed Looper, with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, plus three episodes of hit TV show Breaking Bad.
Trevorrow’s departure comes three months after The LEGO Movie’s Phil Lord and Christopher Miller walked away from the Han Solo spin-off film.
They confirmed at the time that creative differences had pushed them to exit their director roles, saying: "Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren't fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this cliche is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew."
It only took Lucasfilm, owned by Disney, a day to find their replacement - double Oscar winner Ron Howard.
Ron, who has a long history with George Lucas and Lucasfilm, is now busy filming Alden Ehrenreich, who plays the young Han Solo, Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson in the film, slated for a May release.
"I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77," Ron wrote on Twitter at the time. "I hope to honor the great work already done and help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film."
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