Colin Trevorrow Latest Director to Leave Star Wars -- 'Episode IX' Needs a New Director

Well, well. It looks like the shadow of the horrendously absurd, tonally ridiculous The Book of Henry looms large -- director Colin Trevorrow has left Star Wars: Episode IX, according to a statement posted to StarWars.com today.

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 is the latest in a line of high-profile directors leaving Star Wars projects, joining Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who left the spinoff standalone Han Solo film earlier this year. Lord and Miller were replaced by Ron Howard, who took over the project. Will Star Wars: Episode IX undergo the same fate -- a seasoned, if somewhat boring-on-paper director, taking over for an inexperienced but big-name filmmaker? We saw it happen not only with Howard stepping in for Lord and Miller, but also with Gareth Edwards. Although Rogue One: A Star Wars Story clearly had plot and character development problems, it was still pretty damn good. Only time will tell with Star Wars: Episode IX

Things for Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi still seem fine, though, and it is still on track to hit theaters in 100 days. See you at the movies December 15. 

(And if you're a glutton for punishment, check out The Book of Henry once it hits streaming. It is rough.)