When the new Star Wars trilogy was revealed, we all knew that there would have to be new stars to inspire the next generation of Star Wars fans. And so we got characters like Rey, Poe Dameron, Finn, Kylo Ren, etc. These four especially are the core of the new trilogy. But, what happens after the trilogy is done? Well, according to Daisy Ridley, she won’t be in any more Star Wars films.
Star Wars: Episode IX
Originally, the ninth episode of Star Wars — the third chapter to the sequel trilogy — was to be directed by Colin Trevorrow. It was hoped the director of Jurassic World could bring a bang-up finale to this new tale, but reports of script problems forced his exit. Fans were with him up until his universally panned The Book of Henry came out; now they’re not sure about him either.
Star Wars land has had some very big departures in the last few months. First came the release of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the Han Solo film, and then Colin Trevorrow this week was released from Star Wars Episode IX. Now, there’s some conflicting reports about whether he was released amicably, or whether he was fired. The Star Wars site said that, however, Vulture is reporting that sources in the film are stating that Trevorrow caused a lot of tension on set, and that started to build to him being fired:
There’s been an interesting string of coincidences over the last few months concerning the Star Wars films. First, the Han Solo Anthology film lost its directors, then hired Ron Howard to do the film. And now, Star Wars Episode IX has lost its director Colin Trevorrow. Trevorrow really came to fame after the universal success of Jurassic World, which at the time (before The Force Awakens came out) was the biggest opening in box office history.
Actor Benicio Del Toro has revealed some more details on his upcoming role in the new Star Wars sequel, Star Wars: Episode VIII. The new film will be written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper). It will probably come as no surprise that Benicio Del Toro will be playing a villain in the story, at least according to his own statements. In an interview with the Spanish website rac1.org, Del Toro revealed: “Star Wars is coming up, we will see how that turns out. I think we start shooting in March. I’m like the villain, but we’ll see.”
As the old saying goes, if your competition beats you, hire them to work for you anyway. Well, that might not yet be a saying, but it certainly holds true in the case of today’s news. At the 2015 D23 Expo, during Saturday’s Walt Disney Studios Live Action panel, studio chairman Alan Horn revealed the director for the last movie in the upcoming Star Wars sequel trilogy, Star Wars: Episode IX. The still untitled film will be helmed by Jurassic World writer-director Colin Trevorrow. Pop Geeks was live in attendance for the panel and special announcement.