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Fans who speculated that ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson could possibly step in to replace Colin Trevorrow on the thus far untitled Episode IX follow-up perhaps did so a little prematurely. Johnson has told reporters that this may not be the case:

“It was never in the plan for me to direct Episode IX, so I don’t know what’s going to happen with it. For me, I was entirely focused on Episode VIII and having this experience. Now I’m just thinking about putting the movie out there and seeing how audiences respond to it. So no, I’m not really thinking about that right now.”

Johnson continued, saying:

“Whoever does it, I’m going to be really excited to be an audience member again, and to sit down and see what the next filmmaker has to show us and where this story ends up going.”

Johnson’s name had been previously brought up by multiple sources close to Lucasfilm as a potential candidate to direct Episode IX, which is still scheduled to begin shooting early next year. ‘Star Wars’ predecessor J.J. Abrams’ name has also come up.

Trevorrow’s exit from the third installment in the franchise came early last week in a statement from Lucasfilm. The statement described the split as being mutual, with the director being called “a wonderful collaborator” who simply didn’t share the studio’s vision for the project.

Sources revealed ast week that the working relationship between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy had become unmanageable for both parties.

While we wait on the edge of our seats to find out who will lead the upcoming film, fans can entertain themselves with the trailer of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ which hits theatres December 15.