Star Wars 9 bombshell: Director Colin Trevorrow OUT – is THIS who will replace him?

The film-maker’s departure was announced overnight, leaving a wide open vacancy with just months to go before filming begins.

So the obvious question is: who will replace him?

LucasFilm said in a statement: “LucasFilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX.

“Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout he 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.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rian Johnson has already emerged as a strong frontrunner.

Having helmed Episode 8, which hits cinemas this December, he’s certainly one of very few recent Star Wars directors who has been relatively free of LucasFilm drama.

Similarly J.J. Abrams, who took charge of Episode 7, is also said to be in the frame.