This 'Star Wars: Episode 9' News Could Really Shake Things up

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There's some shocking news about an upcoming installment of the iconic Star Wars franchise. Star Wars: Episode 9 has parted ways with director Colin Trevorrow over creative differences, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The surprising announcement has left many fans questioning exactly what the departure means for the forthcoming film, as it remains unclear whether or not the studio has secured a replacement for Trevorrow.

The statement about the 40-year-old director and screenwriter's split from the film appeared on the movie franchise's official site on Tuesday afternoon and reads:

Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.

Trevorrow first signed on to direct the project in August 2015 after finding mainstream success as director and co-writer of the record breaking sci-fi adventure, Jurassic World, a reboot of the early '90s classic Jurassic Park.

Although it may have been hard to see the breakup coming, fans should feel some familiarity in the recent announcement of Trevorrow's separation from Star Wars: Episode IV. This recent news becomes the second time in three months that directors have departed from a Star Wars movie. In June of this year, Lucasfilm released a similar statement about the exit of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from their Hans Solo spinoff project, which is due to be released in Spring 2018, according to Deadline.

With Trevorrow officially out as the director for Star Wars: Episode IV, it's unclear what direction Disney and Lucasfilm intends to take and if the project will remain on course for its initial release date of May 24, 2019. Fingers crossed we hear an update on the state of the film ASAP.