As soon as it was announced that Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) would no longer be directing the conclusion of the third Skywalker trilogy, many assumed that the auteur writer-director of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, was a natural choice for the job. While he may or may not be at the top of Disney-Lucasfilm’s list of dream directors for Star Wars IX, Johnson himself doesn’t sound like he is very interested in the job, telling Japanese press that he is “not really thinking about” it.
It was never in the plan for me to direct ‘Episode IX,’ so I don’t know what’s going to happen with it. I’m not sure what’s going to happen with it. For me, I was entirely focused on ‘Episode VIII‘ and having this experience and now I’m just thinking about putting the movie out there and seeing how audiences respond to it.
Johnson went on to say that he is “really excited to be an audience member again” and to “sit down and see what the next filmmaker” brings to the conclusion of the saga.
The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Joonas Suotamo, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Billie Lourd, Kelly Marie Tran, Gwendoline Christie and Laura Dern.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15th.