Report: Rian Johnson, J.J. Abrams lead short list to take over Star Wars Episode IX

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Sep 6, 2017

Yesterday, Lucasfilm stunned the Star Wars community with the announcment that Colin Treverrow would no longer direct Star Wars Episode IX. This, of course, immediately led to speculation on who might replace him.

The studio and director parted due to “creative differences,” a term that’s becoming increasingly familiar to Star Wars fans; after all, it’s the same reason cited for the exit of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the Han Solo movie mere weeks before the end of production. Acclaimed director Ron Howard has since stepped in to finish that movie. And of course, we can't forget Josh Trank leaving a supposed Boba Fett standalone film.

But who will take the reins for the last installment of the current trilogy? Deadline has an exclusive report that Rian Johnson, the director of The Last Jedi, is at the top of Lucasfilm’s list. After all, Lucasfilm is reportedly very happy with the job the director did with this current movie. It would make sense, then, to hand him the next installment as well, especially considering it clearly is not easy for just any director to fit into the Lucasfilm machine.

The other name that’s been floated is J.J. Abrams, who directed Star Wars’ triumphant return to the big screen with The Force Awakens. Borys Kit, writer for The Hollywood Reporter, tweeted as much yesterday. It looks as though Lucasfilm doesn’t want to take any chances with this final trilogy installment, relying on directors they’ve successfully worked with previously rather than risking “creative differences” with a new name.

It’ll be interesting to see who they choose, but until they provide us with a name, you can bet that speculation will continue to run rampant on who will be directing this important movie. Who would you like to see at the helm?